Janie Sue Beddingfield Plumlee left our earthly presence to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday, October 29, 2018.
A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, November 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St Theresa’s Catholic Church in Panhandle, Texas, officiated by Father Hrudaya Raju Kondamudi, with arrangements by Boxwell Brothers at Panhandle, 208 Main.
Janie was born December 31, 1948 to Howard Lee Beddingfield and Angeline Urbanczyk Beddingfield in Pampa, Texas. She graduated from Panhandle High School as the salutatorian of her class in 1967. High School honors also include awards in the 1966 Texas High School Girls Track Association, before Girls Track was recognized as a UIL event. Janie set five state records her junior year, winning first place in the Standing ‘Hop, Step, and Jump’, (now changed to the Triple Jump) Long Jump, 80 meter Hurdles, 100 yard Dash, as well as running the second leg of the 440 Relay. She still holds the Panhandle High School Girl’s 100 yard dash record set in 1966 with a time of 11.2. She was a gifted athlete, winning many awards in basketball, as well, and as a senior, she was selected to play in the Texas State High School Girls All-Star Basketball Game.
A member of Chi-Omega sorority, she earned her Bachelor of Education degree from Texas Tech University, and also held a Master’s Degree in Education from West Texas State University. As an extraordinary teacher, she influenced many children’s lives. After teaching elementary physical education, and Junior High English, she taught High School English, Speech and Drama. During her tenure at Panhandle High School, she implemented The Senior Review, High School Musicals, and took her UIL One Act Play to state competition. Janie also taught at Belmar Elementary in Amarillo, Happy, Texas, and CHAMPS Academy in Fritch. After retiring from teaching, she enjoyed her part-time job with friends at the Square House Museum.
Always humble about her own abilities and accomplishments, Janie empowered those within her circle of love and influence to be inspired to conquer challenges beyond their own personal self-confidence. The essence of who Janie was can be seen in those she loved and those who loved her! An energetic and determined mother, she taught her children the value of Faith and a strong work ethic. Every summer they filled daylight hours (except for Sunday Mass) by working as a team (sometimes joined by adoring nieces and nephews) doing yard work, lifeguarding at the city pool, or manning their annual firework’s stand. At work or play, Janie and her three kiddos were a united front, a positive force!
Janie loved the water! Whether water skiing at Lake Meredith, Galveston Beach vacations, or snorkeling in the Caymans; as long as she was with family, she was happy. Combining her love of kids and travel, she helped show, not only her children, but many other relatives, students, and friends the world, by sponsoring and organizing educational student trips.
On a very hot afternoon, July 5, 1998, Janie married Kenneth Plumlee, in Panhandle, Texas. Along with Ken, came the Boxers, whom they affectionately referred to as “The Pups”; representative of Janie’s love of all animals.
Janie was a life long member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, where, throughout her high school years, she played piano for mass. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jamie Sue Ogletree, as well as her father, Howard Lee Beddingfield.
She is survived by her beloved mother, Angeline Beddingfield. She is also survived by her husband, Ken Plumlee, son, Lee Ogletree and wife, Tara, and daughter Jodi Segura and husband Rick all of Panhandle. She is also survived by daughter, Angeline Jo Hermesmeyer and husband, Scott of Goldthwaite, Texas. Grandma Janie is survived by her 11 grandchildren, whom she adored: Baylee, Tayte, Payton, and Kayson Ogletree, Koldyn, Dylan, McKinzy, and Riley Segura, and Drew, Cole, and Hope Hermesmeyer. As a sister, Janie is survived by brothers Gary Beddingfield, and wife Ann, and Bruce Beddingfield and wife, Carolyn all of Panhandle. Finally, Janie is survived by a plethora of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and students by whom she was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
The family asks in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Square House Museum, Panhandle, Texas.