CHARLOTTE – Alice “Penny” Palmer Adkins, 79, passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022. Penny was born on December 22, 1942 in Lancaster, PA, the daughter of the late William “Bill” Palmer, Sr. and Edith “Dede” (Wood) Palmer.
Penny graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School in 1960 where she was an exceptional athlete participating on both their swim and track teams. After high school Penny earned degrees from Marjorie Webster Junior College and The University of Colorado.
Penny was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, PA and Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC. She was active in the Charlotte community through her involvement as a member of the Junior League of Charlotte, Friends of the Opera and the Nourish & Flourish Garden Club. Penny always put others first, this was exhibited through her many years volunteering at the Charlotte Memorial Hospital Infant Stimulation program. She provided countless hours of love and comfort to newborns in the neonatal unit ultimately taking on the role of Chairman of the Charlotte Memorial Patient Representative Committee.
Penny was a wonderfully talented painter and an active member of the Charlotte art community. She exhibited and sold her artwork at various galleries throughout the area often donating many of her paintings to local charity events. Penny’s other interest included gardening, birdwatching and making sure every holiday and special occasion was celebrated to the fullest. No detail was too small and decorations would abound.
Penny will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She will be forever in our hearts.
Penny is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Dr. Henry Thomas Adkins, Jr.; her loving son, Henry Thomas Adkins III and his wife, Joanne (Dobson) and her grandchildren, Henry and Billy whom she cherished. She was predeceased by her brother, John W. Palmer, Jr.
Interment will be private in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery in Millersville, PA. The family will hold a Celebration of Life Service in Charlotte at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in Penny’s memory to Levine Children’s Hospital, Attn: LCH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Fund, 1000 Blythe Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 (www.atriumhealthfoundation.org) or Lancaster Farmland Trust, 125 Lancaster Avenue, Strasburg, PA 17579 (www.lancasterfarmlandtrust.org)
Isa Breneisen says
Dearest Friend and Angel, I will miss you forever!
Susan Bair Carr says
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Dear Henry ,
My heart hurts for you and your family . I am heartbroken, but will always treasure my memories of the wonderful times we had together. Some were crazy and got us into a lot of trouble. And other memories were deep and meaningful that will be in my heart forever.
I am sorry I didn’t get to talk to her one more time . She was the best of friends and I love her dearly. Please know I am with you in spirit.
Nicholas Poneros says
My sincere sympathy to the family. Fond memories of Penny at McCaskey High School. Penny was kind, friendly, caring. Always had a smile and empathetic personality.
Michael Thomas says
Penny and I were very close friends during our years at J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster.
I am sorry that I did not have the opportunity to see her at any of our class reunions.
My condolences to the Adkins family!
Dr. Michael Thomas, Pastor
FallsCreek Community Church
Munroe Falls, Oh 44262
Terry Harbaugh says
Dear Henry and family. I am so sorry for your loss. May Penny Rest In Peace and be home with the Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
JOHN SULLIVAN says
So sorry to hear of the passing of Penny. She was a kind, friendly , light hearted person. I remember Penny as very petite girl that I had the good fortune of being her prom date in 1960. I hope the memories that she left with you will help fill the void in your lives.