Palma Augusta Johnson-Jacobs, 1910 ~ 2008

On Dec. 28, at 98 years young, Palma left this world to be with her Savior Jesus.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska on Oct. 21, 1910 to Mary Anderson Johnson and John August Johnson, Palma was the youngest of seven children. Palma lived her life with dignity, grace and compassion.

Palma’s father moved the kids around from time to time, starting in Omaha, where their home was destroyed by a tornado when Palma was 9, to South Dakota, where they were submitted to the freezing winters, and then back to Omaha, where the family had a vegetable garden farm called “The Five Acres.”

Palma graduated from Technical High School in Omaha. She delighted in telling the story of how up until that time she had attended one room schools in SD and Technical High had 2,000 students. One day she was sick so she just picked up her things and went home. The next day when she returned she was called into the principal’s office for leaving school without permission. She always said, “How was I supposed to know you needed permission to go home when you were sick?”

In 1937, Palma married Harold Jacobs and they opened a garage/café in Omaha where Palma was the cook, waitress, cashier, dishwasher and kept the books. In 1945 they moved to Alamogordo, N.M. and stayed there until they moved to Salt Lake City in 1947, close to Palma’s sister Evelyn. While living in Salt Lake City, Palma had two sons, Albert Clarke Jacobs, who died at just over 1 year old, and Brent Richard Jacobs.

In February of 1958 the family moved to Moab, where Harold ran Three States Supply and Palma took care of all the bookkeeping. Later on, Palma spent several years working for the Grand County School District. She used to say the best part of that job was meeting and talking with all the kids. After 42 years in Moab, she moved to California in June of 2000 to be close to Brent and his family.

Palma was very active in the Moab community. She was involved in the Moab Museum, Literary Club, and Women’s Club. She was a member of Eastern Star, for 59 years, where she held every floor station at least once, was Worthy Matron four times and Grand Officer for one year. She was also Secretary and Guardian of the Job’s Daughters. Palma’s community involvement continued in La Selva Beach, Calif., where she was involved in the local newspaper the Beach Comber, and two women’s groups. La Selva became Palma’s second home to Moab where she developed a large group of friends.

Palma was always grateful to the people of Moab who attended her 80th surprise birthday party at the Mi Vida that was coordinated by her daughter-in-law, Ranell. Her only surviving sister Hildur came from Omaha, along with her nephew Alan and his wife Marsha from Phoenix. When she found out that some people rearranged their schedules so they could celebrate with her she was overwhelmed with appreciation.

Palma is survived by her son, Brent, his wife, Ranell, and their son, Justin, who live in La Selva Beach, Calif. She is also survived by nephews, Bart (Prescott, Ariz.) and Alan Smith (Phoenix, Ariz.) and their families, and niece, Naida in North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Harold Jacobs, her son, Albert Clarke Jacobs, her mother and father and her six sisters and brothers, Rupert, Agnes, Hildur, George, Milton, and Evelyn.

There will be a viewing on Friday, Jan. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kimmerle-Hefner Funeral home. A celebration of Palma’s life will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3 at the Community Baptist Church. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Museum of Moab’s 100-year project.