Obituaries

Obituaries

Mary Elizabeth Plank 1921 - 2007 Baldwin City

Baldwin City - Memorial services for Mary Elizabeth Plank, 86, Baldwin City, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City. Private family inurnment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Baldwin City. Mrs. Plank died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.She was born April 13, 1921, in Archie, Mo., the daughter of Chester A. and Maude Hodges Mawson. She graduated from Archie High School in 1938 and Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg, Mo., in 1942. She moved to Baldwin City in 1945.Mrs. Plank taught high school in Garden City, Mo., for four years and then taught in Baldwin City. She retired in 1987 after teaching for 37 years.She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City, United Methodist Women, Kansas National Education Association, Baldwin Education Association and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 228, where she was department president from 1956 to 1957. Mrs. Plank was also a member of Order of Eastern Star, 40/8, Past Matrons, Hestia Study Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, Girls State and the Kansas Library Board. She was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame and volunteered at Baldwin City Library. She enjoyed flower gardening, knitting, writing poetry and bird-watching.She married Fred B. Plank on June 6, 1945, in Olathe. They shared more than 62 years of marriage. He survives, of the home.Other survivors include a son, Tom Plank, Baldwin City; a daughter, Susan Case and husband Bob, Lawrence; six sisters, Edna Buthe, Mountain View, Calif., Esther Hess, Harrisonville, Mo., Phyllis Brafman and husband Frank, Hilton Head, S.C., Sherma Erholm, Arvada, Colo., Marlene Mawson, Bloomington, Ill., and Darlene Helman and husband Lance, Independence, Mo.; three grandchildren, Kyle, Mark and Katie; two great-grandchildren, Hailin and Justice; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.Mrs. Plank was preceded in death by her parents.The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church before the services.The family suggests memorials to Baldwin City Library or the Baldwin Education Foundation, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City 66006.