Ethel Clark Plemens went to sleep on Thursday, July 19, 2012, and awoke in the presence of her Lord for eternity.
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She was born April 3, 1910 in a rural community now known as Paint Rock. She married her husband, Newton Plemens in 1926 and they moved to Benedict, Va., where Mr. Plemens worked in the coal mines. They lived there about one year and then moved back to Roane County where they continued to live for several years. All seven of their children were born in Harriman and Mr. Plemens worked for Mead Corporation (paper mill) until 1944 when he went to work at X-10 at the National Laboratory during World War II. The family moved that year to Oak Ridge when it was a new town.
She was a stay at home mom until the last of her children were in high school. A few years before that the family had moved back to Harriman and she went to work for Miller & Brewer Department Store and also worked at Draper and Darwin Department Store. She loved being with people and always had a ready smile and a good word for all she met.
She became a member of Riverside Baptist Church in 1952 and continued to attend services regularly until she became a resident at Renaissance Terrace Care Facility. Even then she attended special services when able. She dearly loved the church and her church family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Newton Plemens; her parents, Jim and Nancy Clark; her infant son, James Newton Plemens; other sons, Roy and Raymond Plemens; grandson, Bill Reed Plemens; a brother Floyd Clark; and her daughter-in-law, Josephine Dubois Plemens.
Left to cherish her loving memory are her children, Rachel Hobgood, Beaver Dam, Ky., Reed Plemens, Harriman, Ralph Plemens, Inverness, Fla., Rella (Carl) Schrimpsher, Dayton; daughters-in-law Linda Plemens, Rockwood, and Kathleen Plemens, Harriman; sister-in-law, Faye Clark, Sweetwater; and several nieces and nephews.
She will be sorely missed by all her grandchildren, Dee, Kip, Wes, John, Randy (Cindy), Pat, Mike, Clint (Alicia), Lori, Mark (Penny), Todd (Cheryl), Sean, Pruette (Deborah) and Nancy (Tommy); 24 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren and two great-great-great grandsons.
She was so passionate about all her family, but no more than they were of her. She will always be in their hearts.
Visitation was at Kyker Funeral Home in Harriman from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 22. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 23, at Riverside Baptist Church with the Revs. Richard Jones and Mason Goodman officiating. Burial will follow at Roane Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Riverside Baptist Church.
An online guest book is available at kykerfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Roane County News from July 20 to July 23, 2012