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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Dear Heavenly Father, we bless you for all those Daughters who have departed this life in your faith and fear, working to fulfill your will on earth through prayer and service in the Order. May their faith and example inspire other women and girls to greater and more faithful labor for you. Grant the light of your presence and the glory of the life beyond to be her great and everlasting reward. Amen


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 Virginia Plauché



March 29, 1943 - January 1, 2020


Virginia Marie Landwehr Plauché, 76, of Cashiers, North Carolina passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
 Born in New Orleans, LA, she was the daughter of the late Robert Louis Landwehr and Mildred Marie Desforges Landwehr.

 She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Herbert Kay Plauché; children, Jennifer Plauché Brown (Randall), Emilie Plauché Flink (Carl), H. Reiss Plauché (Gina), Catherine Plauché Plauché (Michael) and Virginia Plauché Monsour (Mike); grandchildren, Matthew McGraw (Angie), Madeline McGraw, Willa Flink, Iris Flink, Freyja Flink, Sophia Courcelle, Reiss A. Plauché, Ethan Plauché, baby Plauché (due in May), Charlotte Monsour; great-grandchild, Anthony McGraw.
 Virginia was a graduate of Mount Carmel Academy High School and St. Mary’s Dominican College, in New Orleans, LA.
She taught high school sciences at Cabrini High School and Isidore Newman School, New Orleans, LA.  While teaching at Newman, she pursued her Master's degree in Botany at Tulane University when she met and married her beloved husband and moved to Baton Rouge. She carried her love of the natural world throughout her life and left a lasting legacy with her environmental activism.  When a utility company pruned a 100-year-old magnolia tree in her back yard, killing it, she became a one-woman force to be reckoned with. She founded “Save the Trees” in her hometown and took on the utility company to fight for proper tree trimming practices. Her fight took her to the public service commission, where she was the first private citizen to be granted a hearing. This work resulted in changing legislation pertaining to urban tree trimming practices in the state of Louisiana. As a result of this work, she caught the attention of the Lieutenant Governor who appointed her as Assistant Secretary, Office of State Parks and Recreation. Virginia was appointed to the Urban Forestry Commission by President George H. W. Bush and was Vice President of the Baton Rouge Junior League. A scholarship was set up in her name as part of Southern University’s Urban Forestry program and the Louisiana Iris “Virginia Plauche” is named for her.
In her later years, she and her husband moved to Cashiers where she loved gardening, spending time with her children and grandchildren and making cards to raise money for her church where she was an active member of the Daughters of the King.
The Funeral Service, conducted by Rev. Robert Wood, was held on Sunday, January 5, at Church of the Good Shepard, Cashiers, N.C.
 Donations may be made in Virginia’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.




 Betty "Jane" (Mattison) Johnson



May 27, 1930 - February 18, 2020


Betty Jane Mattison Johnson was born in Bradenton, Florida on May 27, 1930, at Riverside Hospital in Old Manatee which was near Braden Castle. She was the youngest of eight children. She graduated from Bradenton High School in 1948 and Florida State University in 1952 with her teaching degree in elementary education. While at Florida State, she played the clarinet in the FSU Marching Chiefs band. After graduating from Florida State she returned to Bradenton and began her teaching career in Samoset, Florida. She then moved to Salinas, California and she taught elementary school for two years there before returning to Florida. Upon returning to Bradenton, Jane taught elementary school at Ballard Elementary, Manatee County School for the Blind, and Moody Elementary until her retirement.


In 1975, Jane married the love of her life, Daniel Opie Johnson, who was a local barber. Jane and her husband made their home above their barbershop at Southwind Apartments in Bradenton until his death in 1995. They enjoyed their many road trips and spending time with family and their cats.


Jane loved the Lord and prayed without ceasing. Jane wrote in a Bible that she gave to her great-niece Lisa Woods in 2007 “When you pray, you talk to God. When you read this Book, God talks to you.” Jane was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Bradenton, Florida and was an active Lifetime Member of The Order of the Daughters of the King®.


Jane loved her family, her cats, especially Smoky and Neko, the Florida State Seminoles and chocolate. During the last two years of her life, she was loved by and cared for by her amazing caregivers. They made the last years of her life beautiful and bright. Jane loved them and enjoyed their company and good southern home cooking! They were her angels on earth. 



Cynthia Kouns Matthews



June 1945 - December 12, 2019



In the closing chapter of her life, Cynthia Matthews brought her enthusiasm, skills, intelligence, and gift for evangelism to The Order of the Daughters of the King®, serving first as Lexington Diocesan Assembly President (2015-2018) and then as Communications Oversight Chair on the National Council, starting in 2018.


         Cynthia was born in Florida and baptized in a Disciples of Christ church at age eight, then confirmed in an Episcopal church. She majored in Interior Design at the University of North Carolina, and later worked in Interior Design both in North Carolina and in New Mexico. When she married the love of her life, Bill Matthews, she converted to the Roman Catholic Church. Their two children, John Matthews and Elizabeth M. Henrich, were raised in the Catholic Church, and Bill and Cynthia became active in the charismatic renewal. While they lived in Roswell, New Mexico, Cynthia served as Director of Liturgy at St. Peter’s Church there.


         Her interest in the arts and ability to organize led her to volunteer with the Albuquerque Opera Association, the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair, the Roswell Symphony, the Las Cruces Symphony, and the University of Kentucky Dance Ensemble. As her interests shifted, she acquired an MA in Interpersonal Communication at New Mexico State University, and began teaching courses in public speaking and communication.  After she retired from teaching, she found a part-time job as a web-design assistant in a friend’s business. Skills developed there helped her convert the Province IV Messenger into an online publication, and edit The Order’s monthly online newsletter, Cross+Links.


         When Cynthia and Bill decided to move to Kentucky, Cynthia obtained a teaching scholarship at the University of Kentucky on the basis of her research on “invisible disability.”  She herself had such a disability—her lifelong struggle with asthma, sometimes triggering attacks severe enough to put her in the hospital.  She had completed all but her dissertation when she set her studies aside to care for her mother.


         In Lexington, she and Bill joined Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. As Cynthia became active in church activities (including a weekly class in Greek) she discovered The Order of the Daughters of the King®, and took her vows.  Daughters were there for her when Bill passed away in 2012. Three years later Cynthia was elected Diocesan Assembly President.  She noticed that her chapter was about to celebrate its 50th anniversary, at same time the Diocesan Assembly would have its 40th anniversary. With her leadership, both milestones were celebrated in grand style at Good Shepherd in the spring of 2017.  


         After being elected to the National Council at the 2018 Triennial, Cynthia was asked to edit Cross+Links and serve as Communications Oversight Chair. She loved the work and The Order’s mission. Her death came unexpectedly after a battle with severe pneumonia. We give thanks for the time we shared with her and for her joy in spreading Christ’s kingdom.  We trust she now dwells in the light of Christ among the saints in glory.




Carolyn Kruse



July 21, 1942 - September 27, 2019


Carolyn was a devoted wife and mother, tirelessly supporting her kids and husband’s school and athletics. She was active in the Episcopal Church, leading volunteers from St. Paul’s in St. Joseph Michigan at the Benton Harbor soup kitchen; and later, a member of the Lambs of God Chapter of the Daughters of the King at the Church of the Mediator in Harbert. Carolyn loved knitting, shopping, and collecting. Carolyn's peaceful and caring nature embodied what it is to be a Daughter of the King and she will be missed by all.


Barbara Savage



December 3, 1934 - October 28, 2019


Barbara Savage was a Daughter of The Order of the Daughters of the King® in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Born in 1934, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Barbara made her way around the world as she grew. From Oklahoma, her family moved to California and onward to Venezuela. She returned to the states to attend high school at San Marcos Academy in Texas before heading to Baylor University to study nursing. While attending college, she met her life partner, William B. Savage Jr., and in June of 1954, her life as an Air Force wife began. Barbara was extremely active in her home church of St. Stephen's Episcopal where she served on several committees and was a lifelong member of the Altar Guild. Barbara was also a Lay Reader and faithfully kept up with the record of deposits for St. Stephen's for many years. She was an advocate for, and servant of, her Camp Mitchell family on Petit Jean Mountain where Bill served in the past as camp director and Barbara worked in the kitchen for a few years. She had long-time involvement with the Episcopal Church Women and The Order of the Daughters of the King®. She was also a charter member at All Saint's Chapter and served as the treasurer since the beginning. Her enthusiasm for life and activity was unsurpassed. Barbara loved to cook and shared many of her goodies at church gatherings. She was known for sending beautiful handmade cards for the sick, birthdays, graduations and holidays. Those that knew her saw that vivacious personality until she left this earth.


Judith Bernice Yelton Williams



June 9, 1958 - September 9, 2019


Judith Bernice Yelton Williams, 61, passed away Monday, September 9, 2019. She was born June 9, 1958, in Salisbury to the late Thomas and Annie Bernice Stancil Yelton. Judith was a graduate of East Rowan High School and Southern Union College in Opelika, Alabama, earning a degree in accounting. Throughout her career, she worked for Auburn University where she served as the executive assistant for department chairmen, Weston Engineering where she was an executive secretary, and for United Way of Auburn, Alabama, where she also served as the executive secretary.

Judith was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Salisbury but more recently attended Saint Peter's Lutheran Church in Salisbury. While attending St. Paul's, she was active with The Order of the Daughters of the King®, the Episcopal Church Women, and the Episcopal Relief and Development of the Diocese of North Carolina. As the wife of a United States Navy and Marine Corps, Judith was a fantastic lover of souls and social activist who always worked to serve the less fortunate.

She is survived by her husband of 17 years, The Reverend Richard A. "Rick" Williams; children, Paul Gordon Williams and wife Casey, of Atlanta, Ga. and their children, Ethan and Chloe, Sarah Williams and fiancé Tom Mazur of New York City, Jarrett Lee Gandy and wife Lawsona of Sealy, Texas and their children, Olen and Ellie, Bryant Lee Gandy of Virginia and Ashley Stevenson of Rockwell and children, Kassidy and Bryley; siblings Ann Abernathy of Salisbury, Luci Yelton and her grandchildren, Natalie of Salisbury, Oliver "Bud" Yelton of Gold Hill, William Yelton of Ashe County and John Yelton of Salisbury; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Ethel Boyle Ripley



November 29, 1927 - July 20, 2019


Ethel Boyle Ripley, an enthusiastic National President who promoted renewal and international growth in The Order, was elected in 1985 in Anaheim, California, as The Order celebrated its Centennial. She had taken her vows in 1967 at All Soul’s Church, Miami Beach, Florida. Raised in the Episcopal Church on Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, she had moved to Miami with her husband Dr. Edwin Boyle and their four children. She served as president and treasurer of her chapter at All Soul’s Church.

Shortly after her move back to South Carolina and her husband’s death in 1978, Ethel was elected President of Province IV. At a renewal conference in South Africa, she met Henry Ripley; they were married in 1981. The following year the National Council elected her 1st Vice President. The opportunity to serve two terms as Self Denial Fund Chair and promote missionary work in Brazil fulfilled her heart’s desire to be a missionary. She made several trips to Brazil to visit The Order’s missionaries there and see the schools that Elizabeth Daniel and Patricia Powers established in Rio, as well as raising funds to buy them a car. As president, she presented the charter for St. Monica chapter in the Most Holy Trinity Church, Nassau, the first institution of a chapter outside the Episcopal Church in many years.

Ethel was active in Cursillo, Kairos, and Faith Alive. As National President, she served on the boards of PEWSaction, ECW, and Adventures in Ministries. When Roman Catholic women in Ashland, Kentucky, asked to become members of The Order Daughters of the King®, Ethel encouraged them, and the first Roman Catholic Chapter was instituted on December 13, 1986 in Holy Family Roman Catholic Church. In 1987, Ethel and The Right Reverend Don Wimberly, Bishop of Lexington, presented their charter when the Diocesan Assembly of Lexington celebrated its 10th anniversary in 1987.

Ethel continued to bless The Order, exercising her gifts of hospitality and friendship. She was asked to advise Joan Millard during her presidency (2000-2003) and then served again as Advisor to Joan Dalrymple (2006-2009).


Millie O'Rourke



July 7, 1934 - July 9, 2019


Millie Knowles O"Rourke, 85, died July 9, 2019 in Walnut Creek, California. She was born July 7, 1934 to Cordie Killingsworth Freeman and Willie Leon Freeman.


Millie spent her early childhood years in Southmayd, Texas, growing up in a poor migrant farm working family. She often spoke of working in the cotton fields under the intense Texas summer heat, which continued well in late fall while other kids were in school. Missing school bothered her more than the heat did!


Upon high school graduation, Millie convinced her "Daddy" to approve an application for induction to serve her country. She entered the United States Air Force during the Korean War as a cryptographic operator and earned commendations for distinctive service. She spent her following years in Washington, D.C. where she met her husband, Robert Knowles, and they had three children, Karl, Kenneth, and Karen.


In 1960, Millie, Bob, and family settled in California. She attended San Jose State University and achieved a lifelong ambition to earn her bachelor's degree and special education credential in 1971. She was thrilled to take a teaching position in the San Jose school district. Millie taught deaf students for decades in San Jose, California and Carson City, Nevada.


Millie's favorite color was red. She was a passionate San Francisco Giants baseball fan. Chocolate was her favorite dessert treat, with a special love for See's two-pound Nuts and Chews. She loved traveling, especially by train.


Millie and John O'Rourke were married in 1982 and they traveled often. Her happy place was the Monterey Bay Area: Monterey, Carmel, Asilomar, and Big Sur where her warm smile would never end.


Millie enjoyed watching old westerns and had a special love for Bonanza and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. She also would often delight in children's movies, especially Princess Bride. A few of her musical favorites were Gene Autry, Alan Jackson, and Pernell Roberts.


Millie was a member of The Order of the Daughters of the King® and wore a pendant cross of The Order... "to make Him known to others, and to become reflections of God's love throughout the world."


Millie is survived by her three children, Karl Richard Knowles (Brentwood, CA), Kenneth Robert Knowles (Lake Oswego, OR), and Karen Diane Knowles (Walnut Creek, CA), and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.




Billie Faye Ferrell


November 16, 2947 - June 25, 2019


Billie Faye was a faithful Daughter at two churches in Louisville, Kentucky. First with St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Anchorage, and then St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. She was a blessing to us as she demonstrated her love of our Father and her faith in Him.


Billie Faye, 71, passed into the presence of Jesus on June 25, 2019. She was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (brain cancer) in late March, 2019, and chose to forego any treatment to focus on saying goodbye to loved ones and enjoying the last weeks of her life. During the last few months, she saw two granddaughters baptized, laughed a great deal, ate plenty of potato chips, petted a dolphin, and spent lots of time with her daughter, Chandi Plummer, son-in-law, Robert Plummer, and granddaughters, Sarah Beth, Chloe, and Anabelle. Many beloved family members and friends came to Louisville to say goodbye to Billie.

Billie was born November 16, 1947, in Lafayette, Louisiana, the daughter of John Milton Ferrell and Billie Faye Ferrell. She moved to Houston, Texas, when she was twelve years old, and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1965. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Louisiana State University in 1969. She received a Masters degree from Appalachian State University, followed by many years working in elementary education (esp. in counseling and reading recovery) in South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio, and Kentucky. She also worked two years as a trauma counselor in a hospital emergency room in Raleigh, North Carolina. Billie described her life as one that worked to protect children and to promote peace. She said that being a mother to Chandi was her most important calling.

Billie is survived by her brother, John Milton Ferrell, II, sister-in-law, Dottie, and by Billie's beloved daughter, granddaughters, Aunt Sarah, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was a member of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, Louisville, Kentucky, and was active in the women's church group, The Order of the Daughters of the King®.


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