1949 Lark 2022

Lark Ann Pickett Palma

May 25, 1949 — March 12, 2022

Lark Ann Pickett Palma, Ph.D., 72, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, wife of Daniel John Palma entered into eternal rest Saturday, March 12, 2022, after a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. A celebration of Lark's life will take place on Saturday, May 14th, 2022. For more information, please contact her family via pick5rome@yahoo.com.


Lark was born May 25, 1949 in Charleston, South Carolina, daughter of the late Dr. Otis M Pickett, Jr. and Ruth Malcolm Pickett. She grew up on Sullivan's Island, attended Sullivan's Island Elementary then Ashley Hall graduating in 1967. She earned a B.A. in English from George Mason University, and held Masters and Doctoral degrees in English Literature, with a focus on women's studies from the University of South Carolina.
She was a middle and high school English teacher and principal of the upper school at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, SC. Lark then served for nineteen years as Head of School at Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR. Lark was a passionate educator touching the lives of countless students throughout her long and distinguished career.

In addition to her husband, Lark is survived by her son, Ian G. Merrill, his wife Lyn and their children Liam and Olivia of New York, NY; her brothers, Otis M. Pickett III (wife Sherrie) of Columbus, GA and Doug Pickett (wife Anne) of Vienna, VA. Lark leaves behind adoring nieces and nephews Otis "Wes" (wife Julie), Christopher, Cameron and Ryan Pickett.

The family would like to thank all of Lark's wonderful caregivers over the years including Mindy Busse and beloved cousin Peggy Harrell.

Lark loved to travel, especially across Europe. She was fond of dancing especially tap. Lark was an avid reader, writer and deeply appreciated attending theatre. She also was very politically active for the Democratic Party, promoting Get Out the Vote initiatives in the Charleston area. Most of all, her favorite pastime was being around her grandchildren and spending time with her husband and dogs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America www.support.lupus.org <http://www.support.lupus.org>

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