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Obituary of Janora Grove Plumb


Janora Grove Plumb died peacefully on May 5th at the Oaks in Pleasant Gap.

She was born on Christmas Day 1922 in Newton, Kansas, the daughter of Elvin and Myrtle Grove. She attended high school in Newton, then Bethel College and Kansas State University, graduating with a degree in Home Economics. She was a lifetime member of Chi Omega Sorority.

She married Edward (Ned) Leroy Plumb on January 3, 1947 in Newton, Kansas, and moved to Bellefonte the same year. Ned died in June of 2017, after 70 years of marriage. She is survived by a brother, Darryl Grove of Dillon, Colorado, and a sister, Joan Spencer of Cincinnati, Ohio; three children, James (Susan), Anne Faulkner and Margaret (Timothy) Van Sant; grandchildren, Jennifer, Kathryn, Ellen, Amy, and Steven; and great-grandchildren, Logan, Elliott, Hazel, Wyatt, and Olive.

Janora was integral to the success of the iconic Plumb’s Drug Store and the Card and Party Shop and served for many years on the Board of Centre Crest. She was active in the Presbyterian Church. Following Ned’s retirement, he and Janora traveled extensively with their many friends – to Russia, Egypt, Norway, and Alaska, among other places. She was an avid reader, bridge player, and gardener, and lover of classical and operatic music.

Friends will be received by the family from 10-11am on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte at 203 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte. Funeral Services will follow at the church at 11am with CLP Elder Candace Dannaker officiating. Interment will follow at Centre County Memorial Park next to her beloved husband.

The family sincerely appreciates the loving care provided by the team at the Oaks and Centre Crossings Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to contribute to any one of the following organizations: First Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte at 203 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823; Centre Crossings Hospice at 2437 Commercial Blvd # 6, State College, PA 16801; Centre County Library at 200 N Allegheny St, Bellefonte, PA 16823; or Allegheny Lutheran Social Services at ALSM 998 Logan Blvd Altoona, PA 16602.

Name of Deceased

Janora Grove Plumb

Date of Death


Date of Birth


Funeral Home

Wetzler Funeral Home

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