Joan Inez Plummer Burleigh Thornton passed away on 9-21-2021 at Fairbanks memorial hospital of natural causes at the age of 91.
She was born in Enterprise Oregon March 20th, 1930 to Wendell Morris Burleigh and Ida Jane Hinton Burleigh being the 3rd generation of Wallowa County. Growing up on the ranch at Crow Creek attended school at Elk Mountain elementary and rode her horse to high school in Enterprise and Flora. Parents bought the ranch in Bufford Ridge. Married Loren Thornton in 1946 having 3 children Burleigh Morris, Vaneen Inez & Aniece Laura Thornton. Later divorced then remarried Robert Plummer in 1964 in California. Moved back and forth from Alaska to Washington, but spent most of her years in Alaska. Venturing from owning a few different businesses to enjoying her main job at Sam's Sourdough restaurant serving and hosting to her favorite community of friends over 20 years. Retired in 2010, She then devoted her life as a grandmother and great grandmother leading by excellent example.
Joan is proceeded in death by her 2 Daughters Vaneen McIntosh & Aniece Brant. Survived by devoted son Burleigh Thornton. Granddaughter Jackqueline Rae, w/ great grandkids Jessica & Michael. Grandson Danny w/ G.G. Granddaughter Freya. Granddaughter Nicole w/ G.G. grandson Christopher. Grandson Kenneth Heggstrom. Granddaughter Jamie Price (Bobby) great grandkids Devin, Mason & Laniece with G.G. grandkids Brodey & Bama. Granddaughter Wendee Heggum (Dennis) great grandkids Kaylee, Shawnathan, Danielle & Jasmine. Grandson Jarrme Horn w/ G.G. grandkids Kylie, Jaylen & Gage. Grandson Jon Brant (Jennifer) G.G. grandkids Trinity & Tanner. Granddaughter Kimburliegh Bull with G.G. grandsons Chance and Chase. Including numerous cousins and loved ones. Joan will be dearly missed by all whom loved her. Joan (1 year ago) quoted that her biggest blessing in her life was her family!
Grave side services will be held Saturday October 2nd at 2pm at Enterprise Cemetery. Rest in peace Joan Inez Plummer. "I give Thanks to my God every remembrance of you " Philippians 1:3 Any grievances can be sent to the family in care of Jamie price 9581 Richardson HWY Salcha, AK 99714
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