Bennie Lee Hensley Palmer of J.F. Palmer & Sons Produce Inc. in Pharr, Texas, died Feb. 2.

Palmer, 87, died at Rio Grande Regional Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Amity, Ark., Bennie Lee Hensley grew up near Texarkana, Ark., and moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 1954, working as a civilian employee with the U.S. Air Force during reactivation of Moore Air Base. That’s where she met her and soon married J. Forrest Palmer, who died in 2003.

She worked in a number of roles and helped build the family business.