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Janie Sue Beddingfield Plumlee

Janie Plumlee

Janie Plumlee

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.


  • Amy Pinson Dobbins Posted October 31, 2018 4:36 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of this loss. What a beautiful soul she was. I had the blessing and privilege of having her as my 7th grade English teacher in Panhandle wherein, among other things, she taught us to debate. She encouraged me, saying I had a knack for it. I went on to earn a law degree, I also enjoyed slumber parties and great fun in her home as a friend of Angie’s. Her mark on my world is profound, and her legacy far-reaching. My sincerest condolences and prayers are offered for the family.

  • David & Audra Maddox Posted October 31, 2018 6:00 pm

    We have wonderful memories of Janie. We can’t believe she’s gone We have been friends since elementary school. Shared many slumber parties with many of them being at her house We played basketball together from 6th grade through High School. She was a great friend and treated everyone with respect and kindness. So thankful we got to spend some time with Janie at our 50th class reunion.last year. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

  • Angela Jennings Posted October 31, 2018 8:19 pm

    She was my drama teacher in High School. I loved her. I had ao much fun in her class and she also helped me with another class I was needing help in. She was a kind lady. She always had a smile on her face even to last week when I saw her. She will be miss. Sorry for your loss. God bless

  • Jon Blackwell Posted October 31, 2018 8:40 pm

    Janie was one of my favorite teachers and I am so very sorry she has passed. When you grow up in a place like Panhandle you feel like everyone is your family so when someone loses a member of their family we all feel like we have too!

  • Stacy Smith Esquibel Posted October 31, 2018 9:54 pm

    Prayers for the family and friends. I knew her as Mrs. Ogletree when she taught us at Panhandle High. I had her for Sophmore English and the all school musical “Bye Bye Birdie”. I am glad she was part of my life as my teacher. I will never forget having to memorize The Jabberwocky for her class. Every time I read or watch Alice through the Looking Glass I remember Mrs. Ogletree. Thank you for being a part of my life Janie.

  • Mary and Milton Walker Posted November 1, 2018 5:29 am

    We are so sorry to see this about Janie. She was a super person with wonderful abilities to reach students. Her fantastic sense of humor will be remembered always. We pray for the whole family at this time that the Lord will wrap his arms around you and give you comfort and peace.

  • Ruth Neeley Cremin Posted November 1, 2018 7:56 am

    I was saddened to learn of Janie’s passing because of the loss to her family and friends. We rejoice in her attaining Heaven and seeing Jesus face to face. Janie was a great friend for a long time: We were in second grade together ! She leaves an empty place no one can fill. I am happy that we were able to visit at our 50th PHS reunion.

  • Erin House Schaefer Posted November 1, 2018 8:28 am

    Your mom truly was a gifted teacher and brought out the best in everyone. She did not accept the words “I can’t.” She cooked a wonderful breakfast for many slumber parties and always made me feel welcome in her home. She will truly be missed and I pray that the words and memories of friends and family give you comfort through this time.

  • Danny Gray Posted November 1, 2018 8:51 am

    Loved this lady. One great person

  • Shirley Vincent Fields Posted November 1, 2018 5:29 pm

    My friendship with Janie began at Texas Tech where we ran track together. She was a wonderful, energetic and talented athlete and a good friend. May God grant you peace and wonderful memories of your special mother, sister, grandmother and daughter. I will miss her greatly. Love and prayers. Shirley Vincent Fields

  • Danny Prickett Posted November 1, 2018 7:21 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Janie was a wonderful talented lady, raised some amazing kids and touched countless lives. May she rest in peace.

  • Dolores and Dean Stotts Posted November 2, 2018 5:31 pm

    Dear Ken, Jodie, and Lee and your Families
    It is so difficult to lose someone that you love so much. Hopefully your memories will be of the good times you shared. My memories go back much farther–when I carried Baby Janie and played with her as a little girl. We did see each other occasionally, and I found what a wonderful person she had become. So sad.

  • ken plumlee Posted November 6, 2018 11:19 am

    I have lost a huge part of my heart and soul. my wife was a treasure. thanks to all who loved her as I did. may God bless us all

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