In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Linda Brown Plummer, 1942-2023

Linda Brown Plummer, 1942-2023
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Linda Brown Plummer, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, died July 10, 2023. She was 80.

Linda was born July 26, 1942 in New Hanover County, North Carolina, to the late Dennis Andrew Brown and Marie Bradshaw Brown. She received the Bachelor of Arts from Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina. She also studied at Gardner-Webb University. While a student at Gardner-Webb she met Robert J. Plummer. She married Robert on Dec. 17, 1961.

For 20 years prior to seeking appointment with the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board), she served in various clerical and secretarial jobs. In 1985, “God led me to cease work in the secular world to prepare for foreign mission appointment, as well as to fulfill the role of a pastor’s wife more fully,” she said, while seeking appointment.

Woman’s Missionary Union programs in her church played an important role in her calling to missions.

She shared: “Through GAs I learned to love missions and learned of the need for more missionaries. At age 14 I first felt the call to mission service. I dealt with this for almost a year before surrendering my life to God publicly to serve him even if it meant going to a foreign country. At various times during my adult life, God has reminded me of this calling, and there is still that desire to serve Him as a missionary to fulfill His will for my life.”

In 1985, the International Mission Board appointed Linda and Robert missionaries to Trinidad and Tobago. They would go on to serve in Dominican Republic and Costa Rica before retiring in 2006. She was also an active contributor of the Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina.

Linda is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Junior Plummer, and daughter, Regina Plummer Justus. She is survived by her daughter, Denise Plummer Sexton (Martin) of High Point; three grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

A funeral service was held July 15, 2023 at Grace Baptist Church, Madison, North Carolina, with burial in the church cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Lottie Moon Offering, IMB, 3806 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230, or online at Generosity Resource Center – IMB Generosity.

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