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Miriam Clark Plexico, 95

Miriam Clark Plexico, 95

Miriam Clark Plexico, age 95, and resident of Cardinal Care in Hendersonville, NC died December 29, 2016.Miriam was born November 22, 1921 in Hockessin, Delaware. She was the daughter of the late Reverend Claude Willard Clark and Carrie Curlett Clark. She and her husband, Reverend Clyde Plexico, Jr. were married for 55 years before his death on June 27, 1998.

Miriam was a 1942 graduate of Asheville College where she was involved in many student activities. She was elected to the Student Council, the YWCA Cabinet, President of the Campus Cooperative, Permanent President of the Senior Class, and a member of Who’s Who of American Colleges and Universities her junior and senior years. Her radio script “Asheville College Calls on You” was broadcast over all of Western North Carolina, and her radio play “Tolerance” won national recognition and awards.

Miriam was always active in the communities where her husband served churches. She organized and directed a child care center for her husband’s church, the Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church in the greater New Orleans, La. Area; directed a government child development center for 100 children and with 25 staff in Georgia; was Educational Coordinator for Head Start for 16 counties in North Georgia; and became a Certified Children’s Protective Services worker with the South Carolina Department of Social Services until her retirement June 20, 1986.

Following her retirement and move to Hendersonville, Miriam became involved in many community activities, including: a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church where she was a Deacon for two terms and later a Ruling Elder; a court appointed Guardian Ad Litem for abused and neglected children; a member of the Family Selection Committee for Habitat for Humanity; a member and board member of the League of Women Voters; on the Advisory Board of Telemon Child Development Center; a member of the Board for Smart Start of Henderson County (appointed by the County Commissioners); Hendersonville Coalition Against Violence; numerous committees in the county for children; the Executive Board and past President of College Alumnae of Asheville Teacher’s College; and in 1996 she was chosen to carry the Olympic Flame and Torch as it went through Hendersonville.

Miriam is survived by two daughters, Sandie Salvaggio-Walker and Dale Scott, both of Hendersonville; one son, Clark Plexico of Hendersonville as well as Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She has seven grandchildren: Bart Salvaggio and his wife Alisa; Dale Bradshaw and her husband Steve; and, Miriam Beaver and her husband Jim, all from Hendersonville, NC; Matthew Scott of Faison, NC; Hattie Plexico Sinclair of Istanbul, Turkey; Molly Plexico of Chiang Mai, Thailand; and, Jack Plexico of Raleigh, NC. In addition, she is survived by eleven great-grandchildren: Alex, Mia and Anna Salvaggio; Charlie and Sophia Bradshaw; David, Isaiah, and Samuel Beaver; Levi and Gabriel Scott; and, Henry Jack Sinclair.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville officiated by the Reverend Mark Stanley. She will be interred next to husband, Clyde, in Westlawn Presbyterian Cemetery in Sharon, SC.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to go to the Guardian Ad-Litem Program of Henderson County, in respect for Miriam’s many years as a passionate advocate for children and her work as a Guardian Ad-Litem, 1347 Spartanburg Highway, #5, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.

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