DATELINE: KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA
Patricia Anne Neisler Plonk
Patricia Anne Neisler Plonk passed away peacefully at her home in Kings Mountain on Monday, November 2, 2020. She was born in Shelby on August 10, 1932, the beloved daughter of Hunter Ramseur Neisler and Anne Lutz Neisler. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of fifty one years, John Oates Plonk, Jr. Also her only sibling, Hunter Ramseur Neisler, Jr. (Chip) and her firstborn Anne Hunter Plonk Boone preceded her in death. Patricia, often called Patty Anne or Pat, enjoyed an idyllic childhood, surrounded by pets, animals that her father raised, and flowers that her mother cultivated. After early years living in the country near the family owned mills, Patricia moved with her family to town, to the historic home on Piedmont Avenue where she and John later raised their own family. She grew up in the First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain where she went for many years without missing a single week of Sunday School and was married in 1952. Patricia graduated from Kings Mountain High School and attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. During this time she was a local beauty queen and served as Maid of Cotton in Memphis, Tennessee. Patricia became a faithful member of Central United Methodist Church after her marriage. She was active in the Christian Adult Sunday School Class, instrumental in the Community Kitchen, and served in many roles in Circle #3. Mrs. Plonk made many friends from all walks of life as she shared her interests and skills in the community. She greeted Vice President Rockefeller when he came to Kings Mountain with the same compassion as she served people at the Crisis Ministry. She worked with the Historical Museum and the DAR. Always an avid reader, she was on the Mauney Memorial Library Board and a member of the 100 year old Thursday Afternoon Book Club. She served in all capacities of the family business, Neisler Brothers. Above and beyond all other endeavors, Patricia was a highly skilled bridge player. She spent many hours enjoying that favorite hobby as a member of numerous bridge clubs. Patricia had a great love of family. She made it a priority to keep up with her four surviving children's and twelve grandchildren's activities. She hosted more birthday and holiday gatherings than anyone could count. She relished family summer trips to the beach and Lake Waccamaw throughout her life.
She is survived by her daughter Laura Foust Plonk Ball and husband Gary of Lenoir, daughter Elizabeth Ashley Plonk Strachan and husband Dave of Saint Augustine, son John Oates Plonk, lll and wife Lisa of Kings Mountain and New York City, and son Carl Neisler Plonk and wife Margot of Kings Mountain. Also she leaves behind one sister-in-law, Le Reinhardt Neisler of Gastonia.
The grandchildren will remember their Mimi as a "ringading" fun loving friend and adviser. Left with precious memories are Sarah Katherine Boone Brown, William Thomas Boone lll, John Garrett Ball, Patricia Foust Ball Melton, Benjamin David Strachan, Hannah Elizabeth Strachan Williams, Leslie Elizabeth Plonk Tomasovich, Eric William Hellstrand, Tyler Matthew Hellstrand, Carl Alexander Plonk, Adrienne Nancy Plonk Young, and Margaret Grace Plonk. She is also survived by twenty great grandchildren and many special friends. Patricia held dear her caregivers during her later years. The family especially wants to thank Tonya Stinnett, Carolyn Fletcher, Micki Mellon and the kind Hospice nurses for their love and dedication to Mimi.
A graveside service to celebrate her resurrection will be held on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery. Harris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the charity of your choice.
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