Paula Palmer

Paul a Be v e r l e y Palmer, age 63, beloved mother, wife, and dear friend, passed away Jan. 4, 2014 in Red Lodge. Born in Billings, on June 24, 1950 to her proud father, Beverley Ingraham Palmer and adoring mother, Frances Irene Brown she was the second of two children. Paula grew up in Billings where she and her sister, Donna, forged fond childhood memories of playing on the Rims and vacationing along Rock Creek in Red Lodge. In 1962 the Palmer family moved to Lafayette, Calif., and enjoyed the mountains, ocean and wonderful weather. As Paula grew up, she developed many artistic talents, most notably painting, decorating and flower arranging. As a young woman she worked as a bank teller and later at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., as administrative assistant in Food Service. She was always adventurous and fun loving.

On Oct. 18, 1975 Paula married James Frank Kain and lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where their first child, Palmer Kain, was born. While living in Wisconsin, Paula, Jim and Palmer spent a great deal of time touring the Midwest and Eastern US in a Volkswagen Camper.

In 1981, the Kain family moved to Santa Cruz, California to be close to Paula’s family. In 1986, she gave birth to Jonathan and Kathryn Kain, fraternal twins. The family spent over 20 years living and working in Santa Cruz.

In the summer of 2005 Paula moved back to Red Lodge. She felt as though she had come home. Surrounded by the Beartooth Mountains and living along Rock Creek, she was at peace. Paula made many friends in Red Lodge and cherished those relationships. Paula worked at Kibler a n d Ki r c h , wh i c h allowed her creative talents to flourish. Her coworkers became her dear friends. She was an inspiration to many and was devoted to her community. Paula expressed many times that the last 7 years were the happiest of her life.

Paula is survived by her ex-husband, James Kain, sons Palmer Kain and Jonathan Kain of California as well as her daughter, Kathryn Kain- Wilhelm and adoring granddaughter Prema Narayani Wilhelm of Red Lodge.

Paula was a vibrant spirit, enriching the lives of every person she met. She was creative, intelligent, beautiful and always giving generously from her heart.

“Mama, you will be missed, but we take comfort in knowing you are at peace. We will meet you again and you will forever be in our hearts.”


Om Shanti