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Eula Lee Plunkett

July 9, 1940 October 9, 2020
Eula Lee Plunkett
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Eula Lee Plunkett, of Brighton, and a native of Morristown, Tennessee, passed away unexpectedly on October 9, 2020. She was 80 years old.

Eula was born into a large, loving family of 10 brothers and sisters in Morristown, Tennessee. Although there wasn't a lot of money growing up, there was plenty of love to go around.  In 1958, Eula graduated as Valedictorian of her class in Morristown, Tennessee. She was a member and volunteer of the Women’s Beta Club, where she was celebrated by a town parade as well as a trip to Washington D.C. After graduating high school, she moved to Redford Township, Michigan to work for her sister at the local Dairy Whip. A handsome young gentleman, Sam, kept an eye on Eula, and finally gave up the courage to ask her on a date to a concert. They were inseparable ever since. On February 14, 1959, Sam and Eula were married and shortly started a family of their own. Robert (Bob) was born in 1960, and Tammy was born in 1963.

Throughout Bob and Tammy’s childhood, they traveled often to Tennessee, Florida, and northern Michigan, often making stops along the way to make the trips more interesting.
Eula never lost her Tennessee roots, keeping extremely close contact with her family, especially her sisters, making several trips to Tennessee throughout her life, often to the Smokey Mountains, where they gathered often for family reunions.

Eula lived a happy, fulfilling life rooted in her Christian faith. She was the definition of a homemaker. She was an avid cook, baker, and candy-maker, and known as having a meticulously clean home. She took her skills to Novi schools where she was a school cook for many years before she found work in the medical field as a medical records clerk. A vegetarian by choice, Eula always stayed physically active with walking groups and aerobics. She ate healthy, and often dragged Sam into a healthy lifestyle to keep them together for the many years to come. After Eula and Sam retired, they enjoyed senior trips, day trips, and concerts, traveling from Branson, Missouri to Toronto, Canada to see historical sites, to watch their favorite Elvis impersonators, and often to watch their favorite singer, Helmut Lotti.

Eula found a new passion in life in the mid-1980s when she became a grandmother to Sheila, Brittany, and Zachary. Sam and Eula often gathered the kids in their van for many trips and adventures throughout the years. In 2007, Eula became a great-grandmother for the first time to Ethan, then came along Josie, Isabella (Izzy), and Hayden. Eula’s love of children showed through the many photos and memories of her snuggling and loving on her precious grand-babies.

Throughout the years, Eula has had a legacy of being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and great-grandmother. Eula loved the Lord and loved going to church, as she devoted much of her time to church events and duties on the women’s board. Although a quiet woman, she always stood for what was right, and always followed the best of her abilities of what a good Christian woman should be. 

Daughter of the late William and Leona Shiflet, Eula is survived by her husband, of 61 years, Samuel E. Plunkett; children, Robert (Cindy) Plunkett, and Tammy Abbott; grandchildren, Sheila (Will) Stevens, Brittany (Josh) Williams, and Zachary Plunkett; great grandchildren, Ethan, Josie, Isabella, and Hayden; sisters, Velma, Charlene, and Caroline; also many extended family and dear friends.

Eula is preceded in death by her 7 brothers and sisters.

A private family service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home.

Memorial Contributions can be made to:

Alzheimers Association
Greater Michigan Chapter
25200 Telegraph Road
Suite 100
Southfield , MI 48033

For further information phone 810-229-2905 or visit

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter

25200 Telegraph Rd #100
Southfield, MI 48033

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