Sarah Horton Plunket
12/13/1918 - 11/22/2007
Sarah Horton Plunket was born in Greenville, Texas on December 13, 1918 to Hal Cozart Horton and Gertrude Briscoe Horton. She died in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 2007 at age 88. Sarah attended East Texas State Teachers College and the University of Texas. While she was in Austin, she found her calling as a photographer when she apprenticed in the Christiansen-Lieberman Studio under Virginia Lieberman. She returned to Greenville and married Paul W. Plunket, Jr. on March 15, 1942, less than three months after the start of the Second World War. Soon after that, she opened a photography studio on Lee Street in downtown Greenville, where she made portraits of the trainees from the Army Air Corps at Majors Field. Paul spent most of the War in Brook General Army Hospital in San Antonio recovering from injuries in an automobile accident, so Sarah visited San Antonio often during that period. After the war, Sarah sold the photography studio and she and Paul started a family. Their daughter Sarah Gertrude (Trudy) was born in 1947 and their son Paul III was born in 1950. In the late 1950ís Sarah started making portraits again in the living room of her home on Walworth Street. In the mid-1960s, she and Paul opened their photography studio on Wesley Street in Greenville and for the next twenty-five years photographed the portraits and weddings of generations of north Texans. At age 68, after years of perfecting her craft as a photographer, she was recognized as a Master Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America. In the early 1990s, Sarah and Paul sold the studio and retired. Her husband Paul died in August of 1996. Sarah was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville and in her early 80s, served the church on the Board of Elders. Sarah Plunketís family include her daughter Trudy Hutton and her husband Tom of Fredericksburg, Texas, as well as Trudy and Tomís daughter Katie Hutton of Dallas and son, Andy and his wife Alissa, of Dripping Springs and their children Ramsey and Graham; her son Paul W. Plunket, III and his wife Donna Plunket, of Dallas, as well as Paul and Donnaís children Will and Emily; her brother Hal C. Horton, Jr. and his wife Lelloine; her brother Jack B. Horton and his wife Joyce; her sister Mary Jane Lauderdale and her late husband Sam; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Funeral services are arranged with Coker Mathews Funeral Home in Greenville. A memorial service for Sarah will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 5905 Stonewall Street, Greenville, Texas at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2007. The family will receive visitors at Coker Mathews Funeral Home, 5100 Interstate 30, Greenville, Texas from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, 2007. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, Texas.