Frances Teresa Palmtag left her beloved Hollister on Friday September 22, 2017 at the age of 95 years. She was the oldest and last remaining of the three Palmtag girls – Hazel Palmtag Medaugh and Charlsie Palmtag Ross – born to Carl and Myrtle (O’Connor) Palmtag in Hollister.
Frances grew up helping on her father’s farm. Picking prunes and cutting apricots each summer were some of her fondest memories. During World War II, she worked at Hollister Navy Air Base, and told stories of attending USO dances in Hollister and at Fort Ord. After the war and with her degree in education from San Jose State, she began her long career as a teacher. Everywhere her family goes in Hollister, they meet adults who had Miss Palmtag as their teacher! Her impact upon children was far reaching including her students, vacation bible school children, along with her niece, nephews, and their children.
Frances loved to travel with friends and especially enjoyed trips to the South Pacific, Germany, Latin America, and also family camping in Death Valley and Fremont’s Peak. Frances was one of Hollister’s biggest fans and supporters, and she devoted her retirement to enriching the town. Her personal involvement in organizations that promoted a stronger community and country included the San Benito County Historical Society, Second “Indianhead” Infantry Division Auxiliary, Hollister Sister City, Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation, Retired Teachers Association, Gem & Lapidary Club, Red Cross, and the San Benito County Hospice. As a representative of the Hollister Sister City organization, she traveled twice to Japan.
Frances is survived by her nephew Ronald Ross and wife Mary Hubbell of Tres Pinos; niece Nancy Ross Joynt and husband Jeffrey Joynt of Paso Robles; nephew Andrew Ross and wife Barbara Britten of Taos New Mexico; three great nieces and nephew, and a great-great nephew.
This unique and special life will be celebrated on Saturday, December 2, at the Immaculate Conception Church hall in Tres Pinos starting at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations in remembrance of Frances may be made to: San Benito County Historical Society at 498 Fifth Street, Hollister, CA 95023.