Phyllis Edwina Blake Palmer of Hallowell, Maine died Friday, July 5, 2013. Mrs. Palmer was born September 21, 1919 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of Francis Edwin Blake of Hallowell and Blanche Laura Baker Blake. She was the last of the “Greatest Generation” in our family. She grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts and graduated from Dedham High School, where she was always an honor roll student. She received her B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, and M.A. in Romance Languages from Boston University. She taught school in North Reading, Massachusetts for a brief period of time, then moved with her cousin Carol Clark and future sister-in-law Mary Palmer Brown to Mexico City, where she worked as a translator and telephone operator for Bell Telephone. Never content to follow the expected path, she moved to Washington, DC in 1942 to work for the war effort, where she was assigned to the State Department. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy WAVES during World War II and was commissioned as an officer; following her discharge in 1946, she served in the Naval Reserves until 1954. As a Navy officer, she was assigned as a cryptanalyst in the Office of Naval Intelligence at Arlington Hall. She continued this work for the next thirty years as a civilian analyst at the National Security Agency until her retirement in 1974. While holding a full-time job, and with her first child on the way, she earned her law degree from American University in 1955. Upon retirement, she and her husband David built a home in Naples, Florida, where they enjoyed life as “snow birds,” returning to Hallowell every summer. \r\r\n\r\r\nMrs. Palmer was a longtime member of Mary Kelton Dummer Chapter, NSDAR; the Mayflower Society; Old South Congregational Church; the American Association of University Women; and the League of Women Voters. She also volunteered for many years in the MaineGeneral Medical Center Auxiliary gift shop. \r\r\n\r\r\nMrs. Palmer married Lt. David Austin Palmer in Dedham, Massachusetts on September 4, 1943. Mr. Palmer predeceased her in August 1998. She is survived by her daughter Meredith Susan Palmer of Columbia, South Carolina, and her husband, Thomas A. Howell, of Staunton, Virginia; her daughter Rebecca Elizabeth Palmer Symes and her husband David A. Symes of Pittston, Maine; granddaughter Laura Katherine Symes Johnson and her husband Joshua Johnson, of Pittston, Maine; granddaughter Karen Elizabeth Symes Rybka, her husband Trevor Rybka, and a great-grandson James Arthur Rybka, of Chelsea, Maine; six nephews and nieces; and a beloved cousin, Carol Clark Briggs of Santa Monica, California. \r\r\n\r\r\nA memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Old South Congregational Church in Hallowell, with interment to follow in the Hallowell Cemetery. The family is very grateful to the caring and supportive staff of Granite Hill Estates Martha Ballard Assisted Living Community for their great kindness to Phyllis over the last three years, and to the staff of MaineGeneral HealthReach Hospice and the USVA Togus Hospice, who cared for her in the final few weeks of her life.