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Obituary for Jessie Lee Plaxico

Jessie (Jackie) Lee Plaxico

Jackie Plaxico fondly known as the Georgia Peach found her peace on December 22, 2023 from the pain and limitations she suffered towards the end of her life. Jackie was born in Elberton, Georgia (the Granite Capital of the world!) in 1927 the oldest of three children and the only daughter. She finished high school a year early at age 16. Faced with a lack of financial resources and a desire to help in the war effort, she went to train with Western Union, America's communications link at the time. After training, she worked in Elberton, Georgia, then on to Georgetown, South Carolina and finally to Clemson, South Carolina as the office manager and only employee. She worked 8 hours a day, 7 days a work. Her hard work paid off when in walked a student (Clemson University) who had recently been released from the Army Air Corps. James and Jackie were married on December 29, 1945.

James obtained his undergraduate and Masters degrees from Clemson University, where Jackie worked in the Clemson Dairy Department. They moved to Blacksburg, Virginia where James taught at Virginia Polytechnic University now known as Virginia Tech and where Jackie began her pursuit of a college degree. Her three sons, James, who died in February of 2022 of COVID; Alan, who died in February of 2020 of cancer and David were born in Radford, Virginia as Blacksburg did not have a hospital. Jackie loved the beauty of Virginia and was shocked when James told her he was considering an offer in the Agricultural Economics Department at Oklahoma State. But true to style, she was supportive and moved her very young boys to Stillwater. Her only daughter Cheryl was born in Stillwater.

Jackie made the best of everything in Stillwater, and we do mean EVERYTHING. She was beyond supportive of James' career and loved hosting students in their home. There is not much that Jackie did not do or accomplish with the central feature being her children. Among the many activities were: Homeroom mother, Den leader, Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible teacher, Lahoma VP, County Chair for the first ever county-wide cancer drive, numerous positions at First Presbyterian Church including Elder, golf, bridge, travel, theatre and a very accomplished shopper. She was recognized by the Stillwater News Press for her outstanding community service. After a wonderful life in Stillwater, Jackie and James made the difficult decision to move to Epworth Villa. As always, they made the right decision as they made many new friends at Epworth.

Jackie never gave up the dream of getting a college degree. And when she went to Oklahoma State to finish her degree, she did it in style. Somehow, she managed a 4.0 GPA while not missing a beat with 4 active kids and never missed putting homemade meals on the table EVERY day. When she got her degree in 1973, the commencement speaker was none other than President Nixon. Her degree was followed by a great career teaching Language Arts at Stillwater Junior High where she was named Teacher of the Year. In an essay she wrote entitled "Teaching as a Way of Life", Jackie wrote "It is my belief that many outstanding people choose teaching as a way of life because teachers are first and foremost learners, and in the classroom, there are many new lessons to be learned every day." We are thankful Jackie was an outstanding teacher in every way.

Jackie was loved by many and most especially her family. She is survived by her husband James Plaxico, son David Plaxico, daughter Cheryl Plaxico, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren along with nieces and nephews. She, with her wonderful southern drawl and charm, was one of a kind.

Services will be at the Brill Chapel at Epworth Villa at a date and time to be announced on the Strode Funeral home website. A columbarium service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma at a date and time to be announced on the Strode Funeral website. Arrangements are being handled by Strode Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater, Oklahoma or 524 Duncan, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074 in memory of Jackie.

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