Penny Plunk (Cherie)

Penny Plunk, 84, of Amarillo, passed away January 5, 2023.  She was born September 27, 1938, in Elk City, OK, to William Ellis and Clara Marie (Graham) Penn.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at Harvest Connexion Church, 4808 S. Bonham Street, in Amarillo, with Pastor Curtis House officiating.

The family will receive visitors Tuesday, January 10, 2023, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Lighthouse Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Ave.

In this Sea of Calamity, Penny was the Lighthouse.  Penny was always there for her family and friends, even strangers when things were tough.  Her light was bright, helping many navigate their stormy seas.

Penny loved her family and nothing brought her more joy than to have a house full of family, enjoying a good meal with every person, unplugged from their electronics and fully engaged in conversation, enjoying the good food and fellowship.

She enjoyed serving her church family through her musical talent and her various committee leadership roles at Kingswood Methodist Church.  Penny was a passionate Emmaus Community member serving on many walks and also served as a Lay Director.  She was currently attending Harvest Connexion Church where she thoroughly enjoyed her ladies bible study group, ladies Titus group, and Life Group which she attended with her husband Vic.  She loved her Pastor Curtis and church family at Harvest Connexion Church.

The Penny we all knew and loved: 

The Best Shot in the Family!  Penny always had a keen eye, enjoyed hunting dove and quail, got her own deer, and was known for chasing a skunk down the bar ditch, who also found out she had a keen eye and a was a very good shot!

The Notable Fish Slayer!  Penny loved to fish with her Daddy. So, you know they are on a long overdue father daughter fishing date right now in that creek that runs through the middle of Heaven.  Her mother Clara is preparing for their return with her Folgers can of bacon grease and canister of cornmeal for the great fish fry with her famous hushpuppies!  In my Father’s House there are many rooms…we sure hope mom got a room next to Grandma and Grandpa and they are enjoying many family taco nights, but Dear Lord Jesus please do not let Grandpa fix that Catfish Stew!

The Accomplished Pianist!  Penny was a very accomplished pianist.  Training and practicing hours on end from a very young age.  In her later years she regretted not being as polished as in her past, but to all that were fortunate to hear her play, she was a gifted musician that truly felt the music and delivered it with emotion and feeling, not just sterile black notes written on a white page.  Penny knew her way through the Cokesbury Hymnal!  Penny understood music was an international language and she could communicate with the masses through her gift of musical talent, even if she could not speak their native language.

The Supreme Cook! Penny was an amazing cook and blessed countless people with her tasty treats.  Maybe you took care of her car and received a homemade pecan pie for Christmas, or you were her banker and received a tray of homemade Christmas Candy, or you had a death in the family for which she would make her pimento cheese sandwiches and deliver to your home with a compassionate hug and encouraging words.  We can just imagine that Manna in Heaven has never tasted better, now that Penny and her mother Clara are cooking together in Heaven.

Penny was a Devoted, Fierce, and Dedicated: Wife, Daughter, Daughter-in-Law, Sister, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt, Friend…“Everything”

Penny was the glue that held all of the above together and she will be sorely missed by any and all who were blessed to know her.

No more doctors’ appointments, no more hospital stays, no more heart monitors, no more oxygen concentrator, no more prescriptions, no more waiting on the return of her Savior!

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, William and Clara Penn; her in-laws, Eldon and Bleatha Plunk, and her daughters, Tracey and Christy Plunk.

Penny is survived by her loving husband, Vic Plunk; her children, Cindi Cramer, and her husband Jim, Merten Pearson, and his wife Tiffany, Carolyn Back, and Lance Plunk, and his wife Laurie; grandchildren, Cole Pearson, Annika Pearson, Lanie Plunk, Landon Plunk, and his wife Bri, Tashina Duenas, David (Swayla) Duenas, and his wife Yvette; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Linda Korell; a niece, Lindsay Schnell, and her son Robbie; a nephew, Jason Korell, his wife Meagan and their children Aubrey and William, and many close friends, including Penny’s drag racing buddy from college, her “biker bar” girlfriends, her “on-call” holiday decorator, and countless friends and connections. 



  1. Valerie Cantrell

    Penny was an awesome, wonderful, remarkable woman. She will be missed by so many. She was an inspiration to me and my husband. I hope you find joy in the knowledge that she is with our Lord. You are all in my prayers. I pray that the Lord gives strength and peace to Vick. I love them both so much.

  2. Anonymous

    I will miss your love and hugs, your open arms and sweet acceptance. I know you are gazing at the precious face of our dear Savior my precious friend.

  3. Cathy Wood

    The very first thing I thought of when I heard of Penny’s passing was – she is dancing a jig with Jesus! I remember watching her walk on the top of a cinder block wall at Salad de Paz in Guatemala. We were mixing concrete and doing a bucket brigade to hand the person on the top of the wall to pour it down the holes to secure the rebar. Ms Penny was grabbing the bucket, pouring it in and walking around like it was no big deal. She was in her element! So loving, so passionate, hard worker, grace giver, kick you in the butt, and hold your face and tell you how much she loved you kind of person. She lived life to the full!

  4. Teresa Lomax

    I loved being in the Plunk’s home for Bible study. They both made me feel welcomed and loved.She had the gift of hospitality and the love of Christ in her heart. May God comfort Vic and their family.

  5. Carolyn Parker

    My heart was so heavy the moment Mr. Vic called to inform me of Mrs. Penny’s passing . This lady was not only someone I cleaned for,but the things she did for me no one will ever know . This is still to this day so hard for me . She treated me like her own daughter. I loved her so much . Her passing was 1 year to the date of my own Mom. It was so hard for me to lose her. She will be missed, but never forgotten ? . I could go on and on about Penny she meant so much to me . I love you Mrs. Penny

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