Mary Catherine Sours Plaster, 84, died Saturday, June 15, 2019 in her childhood home at 301 South Main Street in Chatham. Born April 2, 1935, she was the only child of the late John Franks Sours and Catherine Motley Sours Overbey; the only wife and widow of the late Robert Spencer Plaster. She is survived by son, R.S. Plaster, Jr. and his wife, Kerri Ann Campitelli of Richmond and granddaughters Ann Elise Plaster, Sally Katherine Plaster and Clara Spencer Plaster; also daughter Susan Catherine Plaster Aylor and her husband, Joseph Garnett Aylor, Jr. of Simonson and Gretna, and granddaughters Amy Catherine Keller Webber and Elizabeth Ann Keller.
She and her husband lived in Pensacola, Fla., during the Korean Conflict, then Atlanta, Ga., and Winston-Salem, N.C., before returning to Chatham in 1966. Formerly secretary to the Alumni Secretary of Emory University and Secretary at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., her local positions included Legislative Assistant to former Senator Charles Hawkins for 26 years in the General Assembly of Virginia, a paraprofessional in the Adult Education programs of Pittsylvania County Schools and author of Chatham Views for the Danville Register-Bee. For several years she worked part-time as a local recorder for Administrative Law Judges of the Social Security Administration, a seasonal USDA marketing recorder in Danville tobacco warehouses and organizer of creative writing classes for middle and high school students in Pittsylvania County Schools. A contributor of historical vignettes for many local observances, she was named Chair of Pittsylvania County’s Civil War Sesquicentennial 2011-2015 by the Pittsylvania Board of Supervisors and Chair of Pittsylvania County’s 250th Anniversary in 2017 by the Pittsylvania Historical Society. For both occasions she also edited weekly historical articles in the Star-Tribune as personal contributions.
Sharing strong interests in history she achieved leadership roles in genealogical societies as organizing Secretary of the Pittsylvania Historical Society where she served among Directors, officers, and as President. A member of the Courtroom Museum Committee and contributor to “Pittsylvania County’s 250th, a book by the Star-Tribune in 2017, she co-authored the History of Virginia’s chapter XXIII, Colonial Dames of American in 2010 and a historical cookbook, “Idle Hens Don’t Lay” in 1976 for the USA Bicentennial. Participation in civic actives included the Chatham Garden Club affiliated with the Garden Club of Virginia. A communicant of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chatham, her burial service will be held there 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22 with burial to follow at Chatham Burial Park.
Scott Funeral Home is serving the Plaster Family.