CINCINNATI, Ohio — Wanda Ann (Overton) Plummer died May 27, 2019, at Twin Towers Hospice of Cincinnati, Ohio after battling pancreatic cancer.
Born Jan. 21, 1938, in Wadesville, Indiana to Isabelle F. (Stafford) Overton and Percy L. Overton, her childhood was spent on her family's melon farm in Gibson County.
An Owensville High grad of '56, Wanda attended Kickapoo reunions through the 60th in 2016.
With her degree from Indiana State Teachers College (now ISU) in 1960, she followed her parents' example and became an elementary educator in Indiana, San Diego, Denver and England. Wanda used her "schoolteacher voice" sparingly but effectively throughout her life.
She put her Master's Degree in Library Science (IU, ‘76) to use, relishing her role as the Children's Librarian at Cincinnati's library branches for many years. A master storyteller, she grew the popularity of "Story Time" immensely, often concluding by having her young audiences give themselves a round of applause for "being so good lookin’.”
Despite retiring from the library in 2008, she substitute taught until as recently as March, reminding all who would write or read poems that "poetry is meant to be read aloud.”
A world traveler both before and especially after retirement, Wanda enjoyed rail journeys in the US and Russia, and river vacations including the Yangtze and Danube.
By donating her body to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Wanda continues teaching.
She was preceded in death by brothers Gordon Edward Overton and David Lee Overton of Poseyville and Owensville; and ex-husband Gordon Scot Plummer of England.
Wanda is survived by beloved sons Nicholas W. Plummer of Cincinnati and David K. Plummer of Louisville; stepdaughter Alison Burnett of Bishop's Stortford, England; nieces Amy Overton-Stoos, Carrie (Overton) Engebretson, Gayle Overton, Jody (Overton) Black; nephews Deron Overton, Jason Overton, Kerry Overton; many great-nieces and great-nephews, and innumerable friends, relatives, and library patrons.
A "Celebration of Life" will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at The Red Wagon, 6950 Frontage Rd, Poseyville IN 47633.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or your local Public Library.
Additional information regard this event can be found at: https://m.facebook.com/events/467191667181987/?ti=ia
Wanda, her storytelling, and her lasagna will be missed.