Gene Phyllis (Palmer) Gallant

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Gene Phyllis (Palmer) Gallant, age 96, of Clayton, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, at her home surrounded by family. 

Family services will be at a later date. 

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg. 

Gene was born on Sept. 6, 1926, in rural Garnavillo, the daughter of James and Hazel (Ausman) Palmer.

Gene grew up in the Garnavillo area where she graduated from the Garnavillo High School with the class of 1944. Gene resided in New Brunswick, Canada for the past 25 years and returned to Iowa in 2019 after the passing of her last husband, Frank Gallant. 

Gene had a passion for many activities including sewing, painting, crocheting, crafting, playing cards and she loved to read. She would volunteer at the local thrift shop and loved spending time with her family and friends sharing all her favorite jokes. 

Gene will be forever loved and cherished by her children, Phylis (Steven) Hungate of Benton Harbor, Mich., James (Carolyn) Sands of Kalamazoo, Mich, Toni Schultz of Clayton, Terrie (Kathy) Sands of Killeen, Texas and Kim Sands of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Sandra Pirri; grandchild, Michael Pirri; brothers, Dale and Lesley Palmer; spouses, CJ Sands, Donat Godin and Frank Gallant.

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