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Obituary: Ann Hills Plummer

The Rev. Ann Hills Plummer, vicar of All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Stony Brook, and one of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, died July 17, 2009, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Port Jefferson.

Mother Plummer, the daughter of George S. Hills and Alice Shaw Hills, was born in New Rochelle, on Nov. 28, 1935. She attended Thornton Donovan Primary School and Rye Country Day School and graduated from Vassar College in 1957 and Mercer Theological Seminary in 1990. In the period after graduation from Vassar, she was employed by the Ladies Home Journal and the National Council of Churches.

She was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1991. Soon after her ordination she received special training in being an interim priest, to be well prepared for stays of only 18 to 24 months at each church. After serving as associate rector at St. Stephen’s Church in Port Washington and Christ Church in Oyster Bay, Mother Plummer became interim rector at St. Patrick’s Church in Deer Park, St. Ann’s Church in Bridgehampton and the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh. She was called to be vicar of All Souls’ Church in Stony Brook in 2004, where she served until her death.

She is survived by her husband W. Hubert Plummer; her son and daughter-in-law Hubert G. Plummer and Dr. Maria Plummer of Garden City; her daughter Carol A. Plummer of Port Washington; her two grandchildren, Gwendolyn M. Plummer and Ian H. Plummer of Garden City; and her sister Joan Faulkner of Larchmont. She was predeceased by her daughter Sarah Hills Plummer.

A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen’s Church in Port Washington on July 25 at 11 a.m., and another will be held at All Souls’ Church in Stony Brook on Aug. 2 at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial gifts to the All Souls’ Restoration Fund, 10 Mill Pond Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790, for carrying out her commitment to the re-shingling of the landmark All Souls’ Church.