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Catherine (Katie) Plunkett

katie-plunkett-1Catherine (Katie) Plunkett, age 85, of Mena, Arkansas, died Monday, December 26, 2016 in Mena.  She was born on July 3, 1931 in Helena, Arkansas to Hiram Argus Anderson and Louise Espy Anderson.

Katie was a devoted wife, mom, granny, nenaw, aunt, and friend. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mena. A Hot Springs High School graduate, she spent over forty years as a registered nurse working for a number of doctors as well as a surgical nurse at the Mena Hospital. She also spent several years working as a home health nurse and spent countless hours alongside her husband Bill at their pharmacy, Plunkett Drug Store in Mena. In retirement, she and her husband, Bill, served their community faithfully through their work with the Ninth Street Medical Clinic.

Katie was known for her wonderful bedside manner in her many years as a nurse,  She had a caring, generous spirit, and loved the Lord and her family. Katie enjoyed sewing and needlework and found great joy in spending time with her husband and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, who was the love of her life for nearly 62 years; her parents, Hiram Argus Anderson and Louise Espy Anderson; and her brother, James Anderson.

She is survived by her sons, Terry Plunkett of Mena; Tim Plunkett and wife, Penny of Prescott, AR; P.T. Plunkett and wife, Christy of Mena; her daughter, Judi Plunkett White and husband, Tom of Mena; ten grandchildren, including Amanda Posey, Ty Plunkett and Ashlie Harris of Mena; Amber Hendrickson of Grand Rapids, MI and Abbi Peoples of Fort Smith, AR; Zach Plunkett of Cave Springs, AR, Caitlin Plunkett of Siloam Springs, AR, and Josh Plunkett of Magnolia, AR; and Drew Plunkett of Fayetteville, AR, and Jake Plunkett of Mena; thirteen great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Katie’s life will be Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Russell Threet and Brother Ray Peoples officiating. Interment will be at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena immediately following the service. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Katie’s memory can be made to Ninth Street Ministry, a ministry of the First Baptist Church at 811 Port Arthur, Mena, AR 71953; Clarice’s Room of Hope at 403 Morrow St. N, Suite C, Mena, AR 71953, or the organization of your choice.

Pallbearers honoring Katie will be her grandchildren.

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