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Lille Hoffman Plumer

Lille Nungezer Plumer, Pharm.D, died in Cullowhee, North Carolina, on September 16, 2018.  For her professional career she was most proud of being the pharmacist Dr. Plumer at Duke Hospital.  To her many friends and family, she was simply Lil.

After her retirement from Duke, Lil rediscovered her love of music.  She became an accomplished musician and frequent performer on the dulcimer, as well as other stringed instruments including guitar and ukulele.  She was always looking forward to the next festival, jam or performance and most importantly being with the people she had met and grown to love. 

For the last five years she worked with the Jackson County Arts Council after school music program (JAM) sharing her love of music with children.  She was extremely proud of the JAM kids.

Lil believed that death in this world is stepping through a door to a better world.  She expected to be greeted by her family and friends that went before her.  She will be waiting to greet family and friends that make this journey after her.

Lil was born on March 19, 1949, in Columbia, South Carolina.  She was the daughter of Lille and George Nungezer.  She attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, receiving Bachelor and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees.  Lil married Bruce Plumer on February 12, 1983.

Lil made her homes in Durham and Cullowhee, North Carolina, with her husband, Bruce Plumer, who survives her.  Other family members surviving her include her brother, George Nungezer and wife Carol and son Ian, cousin Jackie Floyd and husband Anthony, Cousin Tina Bailey and her husband Mark, cousin Anthony Floyd Jr. and his wife Terry and children Sarah and Olivia, cousin Carol Horne whom she thought of as a sister and her son Jamie, mother-in-law Peggy Plumer, and brother-in-laws, Wayne and his wife Elaine, and Derald and his wife Abby and their children Sam and Ben.

Celebration receptions honoring Lil will be held in Cullowhee (NC) and Columbia (SC) per Lil’s instructions.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her name to the Jackson County Arts Council after school music program (JAM).  The contact information is as follows: 

Jackson County Arts Council

310 Keener St #201

Sylva, NC 28779

Telephone:  (828) 507.9820

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Soon it will be a year since we lost our beautiful Lille. I miss her loving and nurturing spirit, easy laughter and sense of humor, and open-hearted way of sharing life with any she encountered. When I think of Lille, the first thing is I recall her voice which was song-like as she spoke. Music was in her fiber. I am so happy I told her how beautiful was her interpretation of Mr. Bojangles performed at her last WCU Dulcimer U. She sang and played it so heart felt, and she made it seem it was important to have heard my impression. Missing you more than I can say Dear Lille... Well meet and play together again.

Janet Furman Jun 18 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Family, You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. May God provide you with comfort during this grievous time and he promises a better future. Revelation 21:3, 4.

Lanette E Sep 29 2018 12:00 AM

Lil might not have known my name but she knew my face. We were fellow members of the dulcimer world. I will miss seeing her at the next festivals and Im so glad she passed through my life.

Sarah Young Sep 23 2018 12:00 AM

I just viewed a video of Lil singing "Mr. Bojangles" when she was at Dulcimer U this summer. A sad, yet beautiful moment in time. I'll remember Lil's wonderful smile, enjoyment of music and treasure her friendship. She is missed. Marsha

Marsha Harris Sep 23 2018 12:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss, lil will be missed. I knew her from Dulcimer she was fun and very talented.

Helen Simmons Sep 22 2018 12:00 AM

We will miss Lil a lot. We came to know each other through the dulcimer music via Pic n' Play of Sylva. She was always up and always smiling, and always had a can-do attitude. I once sent her a file listing all of the songs our dulcimer group sort of knew, and she sent it back with who wrote it, whether it was copy-writed or not, and whether there were lyrics. It seemed to take only the weekend! But it was the music, and the harmonies, for which we will remember her.

Donald Selzer Sep 21 2018 12:00 AM

Very sorry to hear of Lils passing. I knew her by way of Dulcimer U at WCU. Her laugh was contagious. She will be greatly missed at Dulcimer U.

Paula Bowers Sep 20 2018 12:00 AM

I will always be grateful for your love, kindness and encouragement! Your smile, laughter, joy and sense of humor was incredibly contagious! It was an honor and privilege to know you! You will be greatly missed! Love you!

Melissa Barnes Sep 20 2018 12:00 AM

I so looked forward to seeing Lil at all the jams and workshops. She was always fun and supportive. We all enjoyed being around her. fEalJ

Nancy Galambush Sep 20 2018 12:00 AM

I will miss Lille more than words can say....she was the one who took me under her wings when I first started playing the Dulcimer, and through this music she will always have a special place in my heart! Keep strumming, dear Lille, with your wonderful friend Lynne, who I am sure greeted you with open arms! Love you always - Cornelia

Cornelia Johnson Sep 20 2018 12:00 AM

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