Hemker nee Downey, Carolyn Sue

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Green Mound Cemetery, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the family


Carolyn Sue Hemker of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on November 4, 2018, having reached the age of seventy years, one month and nineteen days. Carolyn was born in St. Clair on September 15, 1948, daughter of Edwin Leo Downey and Susie Ann Downey nee Hawkins. As a young woman she was united in marriage and blessed to have three children. On May 1, 1994 she began sharing her life with Gary Palmer and their families were joined as one.

Carolyn is survived by her life companion, Gary Palmer of St. Clair, MO; by her son, Arlin Hemker of St. Clair; by her daughters, Vickie Haffer and husband, Steven, of Bourbon, MO and Sherry Ifland and husband, Mike, of St. Clair; by her foster daughters, Tracy Cherryhomes and husband, Tom, of Villa Ridge, MO and Missy Powell and life companion, Adam, of St. Clair; by Gary's children, Matthew Palmer of St. Clair and Michelle Palmer of Kansas City, MO; by eight grandchildren, Todd Hemker and fiancée, Amanda, of St. Clair, Toby Hemker of St. Clair, Alyssa and Breanna Ifland of St. Clair, Brandt Palmer, Matty Palmer, Colton Palmer and Emmett Siess, all of St. Clair; by two brothers, Floyd Downey and wife, Judy, of St. Clair and Bill Downey and wife, Donna, of St. Clair; by three sisters, Jody Halmich and husband, Gary, of St. Clair, Donna Ejchler and husband, Stanley, of St. Clair and Judy George of St. Clair; by brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin Downey and Susie Downey Wagner; by her step-father, Raymond Wagner, and by two brothers, Kenneth Downey and Gene Downey.

Carolyn was a Christian, having been raised in the Baptist faith and believing in the Lord as her Savior. During her working career she was employed at International Shoe Company in St. Clair for several years. After the factory closed she worked as a waitress in the restaurant industry at various places, included Haefner's in St. Clair. She also owned and operated C& D Game Room in St. Clair for five years. She was a friendly and upbeat woman with a great spirit. She was a talented seamstress, loved to go to NASCAR and stock car races and also had a lot of fun going to Six Flags with her children and grandchildren. Her children and grandchildren held a very special place in her heart and helping to raise her grandchildren brought her great joy. The love they shared and many precious memories created meant the world to each of them.

A devoted and loving companion, mother, mother-in-law, foster mother, step-mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Fern Nye officiating. Interment was in Green Mound Cemetery in St. Clair. Memorials may be made to the family.