Kelsey Palmer Obituary, Death – Kelsey Katherine Palmer, 29, of Cotuit died on December 1st, surrounded by her family, after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Tricia and Fred Palmer of Falmouth adore their daughter Kelsey Palmer. She is Ryan’s devoted sister and the proud owner of Bubba, her golden retriever. Kelsey attended Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, after graduating from Barnstable High School as a member of the National Honor Society (her father’s alma mater, which pleased him!).

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Roanoke Magna Cum Laude, as well as a minor in Psychology and a concentration in healthcare delivery. Kelsey was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Chi Omega Sorority. After graduation, she began working for Harvard Medical School on the Football Players Heath Study, eventually rising to the position of Operations Manager. While working, Kelsey was studying Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Harvard Extension School. Kelsey, a yoga instructor, practiced both on and off the mat.

Kelsey’s grandfather, Donald Palmer of Centerville, and grandmother, Marge Beckler of Farmington, ME, as well as grandparents Jim and Barbara Harrington of Mashpee, MA, predeceased her. Kelsey is survived by a slew of wonderful friends, aunts, uncles, and cousins who adored and were adored by her. Kelsey’s beautiful, kind, loving, thoughtful, and intelligent smile will be remembered, but so will her beautiful, kind, loving, thoughtful, and intelligent personality.

Thank you to everyone at Children’s Hospital, the Jimmy Fund Clinic, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Donations can be made in Kelsey’s honor to the Send It Foundation (, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, or another charity of your choice. Visitation will be held at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills, on Tuesday, December 6 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. A funeral mass will be held at Christ the King Church, 5 Job’s Fishing Rd., Mashpee, on Wednesday, December 7, at 11:00 a.m. Following the Mass, burial will take place at Cotuit’s Mosswood Cemetery.