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Sharon Beth Palmer '69

Sharon Beth Palmer, 66 years old, of Forks died on October 8, 2012, of natural causes. She was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, on December 5, 1945, to parents Grace and Harold Palmer. Beth received her undergraduate degree from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. With a passion for justice and human rights, she took an active role in the student protests of the 1960s and traveled to the southern U.S. to participate in the civil rights movement. Later, Beth moved to Bellingham, Washington, where she received her graduate degree from Western Washington University. Beth was one of the driving forces in securing health care for Bellingham’s low-income community by establishing Interfaith Community Health Center. She later moved to Forks with her husband, Richard Chesmore, where they enjoyed many years of innkeeping at their beautiful Brightwater House bed-and-breakfast on the Sol Duc River. Beth’s passion for antiquing led her and Richard to open the combination antique store and coffee shop A Work in Progress & Cafe Paix in Forks. Beth worked as a social worker for 23 years at Westend Outreach in Forks. She worked extensively with the Hoh, Makah and Quileute tribes, and was deeply touched by her time with them. Beth’s death was preceded by her husband, Richard Chesmore, who died peacefully January 24, 2012.Beth is mourned by her sister, Pat Clinton, and her two nieces, Catie and Laura Clinton, and their families, as well as her many dear and loving friends. We will miss her deeply.