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Gertrude Plummer was born on November 13, 1925 in Manor Texas. She was the third child born to Arthur Plummer and Ethel White Plummer.
She became a member of the Gildon Creek 3rd Baptist Church at an early age where she served as an usher, while there she also enjoyed hearing her favorite nephew, Clarence Plummer Sr. sing in the choir. She is preceded in death by her mother, father, two brothers, Alton and Kermit, and nephew Clarence.
Gertrude was a good student and enjoyed playing basketball at Manor High School. She left Manor when she united in marriage to Lloyd Douglas Jackson. They resided in Austin, and welcomed 3 daughters to their family. She worked as a house keeper and cook, and eventually found herself at KTBC-TV where she began cooking for such notables as Texas Senator, Lloyd Benson, Governor John Connelly and the Vice President of the United States, Lyndon Johnson, whose wife, Lady Bird Johnson, owned the station.
Gertrude continued to work for Vice President Johnson, after he became President, and would often cook at his ranch in Johnson City. She was so loved by the Johnson family that they invited her and her 3 daughters to be guests at the White House for 2 weeks. It was a trip of a lifetime.
After returning home she realized her passion for cooking and how others enjoyed the food she cooked. Gertrude decided to put all of her energy into catering. This leap of faith, and her talent would ultimately take her to Europe and several states around the U.S. to prepare meals for dignitaries. The meals she prepared were enjoyed by all who were fortunate enough to experience them.
In 1964, she united in marriage with Ruffin Davis, a steel worker from Houston Texas, and to this union twin girls were born.
Gertrude always enjoyed worshipping at church and was never without a church home. While living in Austin she became a member of her beloved Mt. Sinai Baptist Church “The Mount” under the pastorage of Pastor A.W. Anthony Mays. She later moved to St. Louis Missouri where she became a member of the First Baptist Church of Chesterfield under the leadership of Pastor/Teacher Dr. T.D. Stubblefield. She was a highly regarded mother of FBCC where she often enjoyed watching her 3 eldest daughters sing in the choir.
Gertrude is survived by her 5 daughters, Hazel Kerelegon, Denise Smith, Donna Jackson, Brenda Hawkins, and Lynda Anderson (Thor), all of St. Louis, Missouri; and grandchildren, OJ, Dustin (Sara), Taryn and Cameron and 1 great granddaughter, Vada. She had a host of nieces and nephews, and other loved ones, who were like family, including adopted daughters, Wendy Smith and Tonya Williams.
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