Jean Davenport Plummer, 88
Nursing Center in Northborough after a long illness.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan P. Joyce, and son-in-law, James J. Joyce Jr.; her brother, Fred B. Davenport Jr.; her sister, Doris E. Mitterling; and three nephews, three nieces and several cousins.
Born in Sioux City to the late Fred B. Davenport and Ruby Sowby Davenport, she graduated from East High School in Sioux City in 1939, Wayne State College in Nebraska in 1942, and Morningside College in Sioux City in 1951. She earned a master’s degree in 1953 from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
Mrs. Plummer enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. A sergeant, she served from 1943 through 1945 as an occupational therapist and a recruiter with the 118th WAC Hospital Company.
She was a special education teacher in the Sioux City Community School District from 1952 to 1984, beginning her career at the elementary school level and completing it as a longtime teacher at East High School. She was a member of the Monahan American Legion Post 64 in Sioux City.
A funeral service was held Oct. 23 at the Athy Memorial Home of Worcester, with burial at St. John’s Cemetery in Worcester. A memorial service will be held in Sioux City next spring.
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