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Carol Palmer

May 12, 1971 — August 15, 2021

On Sunday August 15, 2021, Carol Palmer passed away suddenly at the age of 50.  She was born an Arbutus girl in 1971 to the late R. Wayne and Barbara Scheufele (nee Krueger) and was the baby sister to Dawn Smith and Laura Scheufele. Anyone who knew Carol quickly learned that she truly was one of a kind. She considered herself part gypsy, part hippie, part fairy, and part meteorologist. She was down to earth, had a generous heart, a beautiful soul, and loved all creatures great and small.

On September 27, 1997, she married her soulmate, the late Benjamin Palmer, and together they lovingly raised many cat and dog fur babies. They were each other’s worlds and those that knew her best believe she died of a broken heart after Ben’s passing.

Carol spent the last 16 years of her career working at Catholic Charities where she helped to improve the lives of Marylanders in need. She worked with grace, dignity and always with a smile. It was no wonder that her colleagues quickly became treasured friends. She recently shared that she had no intentions of ever retiring because she loved her job so much.

She is also survived by her beloved Palmer in-laws Brian, Fran and Ron, her brother in-laws Brad Smith and Roger Salyer, as well as her many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.

A future Celebration of Life for Carol (and Ben) is planned for May 7, 2022, at Patapsco Valley State Park, the same location where they were married 23 years ago. Nothing would bring her more joy than having her friends & family come together to celebrate their love. Details to follow.

If you wish to make a donation, the family requests donations be made in Carol’s name to her beloved Catholic Charities ( or to Defenders of Animal Rights (

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