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Mary Katherine Faickney Plummer


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Mary Katherine Faickney Plummer Obituary
Mary Katherine
Faickney Plummer
1920-2017
Heaven got a little sweeter on the 26th of November 2017 when Mary Katherine Faickney Plummer passed away at the age of 97.
She was born in Van Vleck, Texas, to Robert Francis and Mary Gayle Faickney on the 16th of April 1920. Mary Kay's mother's family was descended from one of the 'Old Three Hundred' settlers who joined Stephen F. Austin in 1825 in colonizing what was later to become Texas. Her family settled in the area that became Brazoria County. Mary Katherine was raised along with her beloved brother Robert "Doc" Faickney in Angleton. They were especially close to the many cousins in the extended Gayle family.
Mary Katherine was married for 66 years to Sam Plummer until his death in 2013. While raising three daughters, Mary Kay and Sam lived a full and joyful life.
Family was Mary Kay's passion. She was the female equivalent of a "majordomo extraordinaire" to the Plummer household and Sam's myriad of entrepreneurial enterprises. Daughters Linda, Sammie and Kaysie are testimony to Mary Kay's most fruitful career: Mother. She was very active in her girls' lives and was always there for them. She acted as Sam's business partner, executive assistant and chief cook and bottle washer for their entire marriage.
An avid baker, artist and crafter, she knew how to make a house a home. Her classic cakes made from scratch were legendary. Her talent as a homemaker made the Plummer home a warm and welcome place for family and friends alike.
Mary Katherine had a big heart. Her quiet, yet steel like strength often amazed her family. Her heartfelt kindness for all defined her core. She rolled with life's punches with the grace of a true southern lady.
Left to cherish the wonderful memories are Linda Schwarz of Houston, Sammie and John Walter of Dallas, Kaysie and Tom Rusk and granddaughter Samantha Gayle Rusk all of Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as her adoring little canine companion, Brownie.
The family ardently thanks caretaker Hannah Asfaw and her daughter, Evelyn Melka for their devoted care and companionship for the last four years and a special thanks to Emma Steven for her helping hand for the last two years.
The family gathered for a private internment service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Houston.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorial contributions in her name be directed to The , 6055 South Loop East, Houston, TX 77087-1005; Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030; or to a .
Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 10, 2017
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