Welcome to the memorial page for

Mary "Ellen" Lee Plenger

November 19, 1939 ~ January 6, 2020 (age 80)

Mary “Ellen” Lee Plenger, of Roundup, Montana passed away on Monday afternoon, January 6th, 2020 at the age of 80, after a long illness. 

Ellen was born in New York City, New York, younger sister to Jim and Bud.  She spent most of her childhood years in Connecticut, enjoying summers in rural New Hampshire with her grandparents.

In 1959 she married her children’s father.  They had 3 daughters.  Mary, Arleen and Kathy were the joy of her life and her proudest accomplishment.  Because of his military career and other jobs, they lived in a number of locations around the country before settling in her heart’s home; Montana.  She lived in Montana between Billings and Roundup for 54 years.


She worked in St Vincent’s Hospital for over 20years.  Her evenings were filled with shuttling Mary, Arleen and Kathy to 4-H activities.  

After her three daughters were grown, she married the love of her life John Plenger.  They enjoyed many travels together over the years.  Ellen was also John’s ready assistant on his many home projects.  John predeceased her and she never stopped grieving his loss. 

Ellen enjoyed traveling especially to visit her daughters, son-in-laws, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She really appreciated a cool mountain lake swim.

Ellen’s passion was flowers and she gifted family and friends with beautiful silk flower arrangements.  She liked to read, sew and bake. She passed onto her family her delicious lemon bar recipe.  Her favorite food was ice cream and in her honor her family and friends will enjoy an ice cream social after her service.

She was a lifelong Yankee's baseball fan!  It began with trips to Yankee stadium as a little girl with her Dad.

She was actively involved in the right-to-life movement.  She was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Roundup, Montana.

Funeral services will be Monday, January 13th, 2020. Rosary at 09:00. Mass at 10:00. Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church. 34201 County Road 33. Kiowa, Colorado

Ellen is survived by daughters, Mary (Kendel), Arleen (Shawn), and Kathy (Larry), five grandchildren, Andrea (Tommy), Amy (Randal), Larry (Markie), Fr. Erin, and Heather (Stephen), and ten great grandchildren, Cameron, Randal, Cadin, Mary, Breahna, Destin, Edmund, William, Mason, and Liam, nine nieces, a nephew, and many wonderful friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John Plenger, her parents Mary and John Lee, and her brother Jim. 


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Sisters of Life.

Sisters of Life


38 Montebello Rd

Suffern, NY 10901







 Service Information

January 13, 2020

10:00 AM
Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church
34201 County Road 33
Kiowa, CO 80117

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