L. FLORA PLUMMER
Lorena Florence Fait Plummer was born in
Indiana, April 27, 1862 ; and passed to her rest
in the Washington Sanitarium, April 8, 1945.
Had she lived but nineteen more days she
would have been eighty-three.
Early in life she heard God’s call and ac-
cepted her Saviour. She was baptized, uniting
with the Christian Church. She became a
teacher in an Iowa school and married Frank
E. Plummer, the principal of the Nevada high
Two years later Mr. and Mrs. Plummer ac-
cepted a. call to the Des Moines high school.
They had been there but a few days when Miss
Delia Wallace (later known to us as Mrs. A. J.
Breed) called on them to discover their interest
in Bible study. Feeling this was a neighborly
interest, Mrs. Plummer consented to begin Bible
studies in her home. Others were invited,
among whom were Mrs. A. E. Burnett and her
daughter Mamie. The meetings were usually
conducted by A. G. Daniells. One year later,
in 1886, after a great spiritual struggle, Mrs.
Plummer made her decision to accept the ad-
vent message. Mrs. Burnett and her daughter
made their decision about the same time, and
the foundations were laid of an association be-
tween Miss Mamie Burnett and the Plummer
household, which continued fifty-nine years till
Mrs. Plummer’s death.
It was not long until Mrs. Plummer con-
nected with the Sabbath school department of
the Iowa Conference. This necessitated her
traveling a good deal. In 1900 she left Iowa
for Minneapolis, and there she was called to
larger responsibilities in Sabbath school work.
The next year, 1901, a major change took
place in the Sabbath school organization, and
the International Sabbath School Association,
as it was then known, became the Sabbath
School Department of the General Conference.
G. B. Thompson was secretary, and Mrs. Plum-
rner was corresponding secretary.
The year 1905 became a very important year
in the Plummer household. The interest of
Mrs. Plummer’s husband in his wife’s impor-
tant work, though he had not then accepted the
faith, led him to move his business to Wash-
ington, D.C., to permit her closer contact with
the General Conference. That same year two
little children came to the Plummer home—
Donn Laurence and Dorothy Virginia. Miss
Burnett, the companion and housekeeper, be-
came to the children “Aunt Mamie,” a name
of respect and endearment which she has held
ever since among all the friends and associates
of the Plummer family.
Twelve years later, on July 18, 1918, the fa-
ther passed quietly to his rest at the Washing-
ton Sanitarium, but before he died he fully ac-
cepted His Saviour, and he closed his eyes in
the blessed hope of the resurrection.
During these years the Sabbath school was
being built into a strong department of the
church life of Adventists around the world.
Probably no more efficient leadership has been
given to any department of our denominational
work than that given by our deceased sister to
the Sabbath school work during the thirty-six
years of her connection with it. Plans for its
growth and development lay very close to her
heart. The three outstanding features of this
department—soul winning, Bible study, and
sacrificial gifts—Mrs. Plummer, by her untir-
ing zeal and clear vision, promoted throughout
all the world.
During all these years her keen mind and
facile pen were also contributing Sabbath school
lessons and books of instruction on Sabbath
school teaching and administration.
After thirty-six years of unbroken service,
twenty-three of which were devoted to the
leadership of the General Conference Sabbath
School Department, in 1936 Mrs. Plummer re-
tired from active leadership. While in retire-
ment, weak and infirm, she wrote the current
camp meeting lessons for children from eight
to twelve years. During these same years she
also produced the last series of Sabbath school
lessons on the book of Acts : and our last series
of lessons on the life of Christ were from her
Mrs. Plummer’s constant and efficient labors,
and her contribution to the work of God
through the Sabbath school, form one of the
strong features of the denomination’s growth
and will leave an abiding influence upon the
cause of God that will remain to the end of
R. A. ANDERSON.