Dorothy Plonk Lewis, 100, died on the morning of Monday, Feb., 3, 2020, at the Joan & Howard Woltz Hospice Home, surrounded by her family.

Dorothy was born April 12, 1919, to John Oates and Elvira Foust Plonk in Kings Mountain. She graduated from Kings Mountain High School and Greensboro College. She taught for one year in Franklin before attending the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she graduated with a master’s degree in biochemistry.          

In 1944, she married Dr. Robert E. Lewis of Lumberton. They moved to North Wilkesboro in 1946, where Bob was a surgeon. She was dedicated to serving her church and community, as well as being a wife and mother.

In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Lewis; her daughter, Patricia L. Johnston of North Wilkesboro; three sisters, Mary Foust Plonk Weaver of Greensboro, Douglas Regina Plonk McElwee of North Wilkesboro and Maude Plonk Harper Patterson of Kings Mountain; and a brother, John O. Plonk Jr. of Kings Mountain.

She is survived by her two daughters, Suzanne Tonski (Ernest) and her son, Jacob Tonski (Sharon), and Margaret Turner and her son, Robert Turner (Poem) and daughter, Anna Dooley (Chad); and her son, Robert E Lewis Jr. (Regina); as well as her grandchildren from her late daughter Patricia, Andy Johnston (Brooke), Mary Lewis Johnston and Blaine Johnston (Melody). Her nine great-grandchildren, Alex, Emmett, Geneva, Hannah, Reagan, Sebastian, Nick, Maggie and Kenzie, were a source of great joy to Dot.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at 2 p.m. at North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church, with a celebration of life to follow in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church, the Joan & Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson or the charity of one’s choice. To God be the Glory!

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