Mary Kim Plank Henderson, born February 19, 1963, rejoined her husband, Gregory Henderson, on Monday, March 23, 2020, whom she had missed since his passing on July 23, 2014. She was also reunited with her parents, Elmo and Audrey Hogge Plank, as well as many other loved ones who have passed.
Kim was a graduate of Morehead State University. She obtained her certification in Developmental Therapy through the University of Georgia, internationally and nationally, by teaching the course in Scotland and at Black Hills, South Dakota.
Kim’s life has been a love story filled with people she has adored. She is survived by her big brother and Best Cook, Joe and his wife Brenda Planck, and her sister Sara Lambert, “who despite losing her husband, was selflessly” with Kim through her illness. She is also survived by her sister and number 1 travel buddy, Gayle who was a constant companion to enjoy UK basketball games, trips abroad and who helped, tremendously, throughout Kim’s illness. She is survived by “the best brother a sister could have” a sibling she has known the longest as they were twins, Tim Plank, “who has the most faithful, kind and loving wife, Cheryl Plank.” Kim is also survived by Kathy (Dennis) Hargett, Martha Henderson Boggs and her “sister-cousin” Phoeba Trybus.
Kim was “humbled by the generosity of very special friendships” throughout her life: Lori Powers Ferguson, The Haldeman Leopards, Kathy Goble Baldridge, Ellen Brown Bowman, Jennifer Roe, Teresa Forman, Mots Bishnoi who was “the most supportive, encouraging, mentoring supervisor,” Richard Word, Stacey Whitt, Sara Beth Lowe, Barbara Johnson, Laura Jane Salyer, Marvin Moore, Wayne “Snuggles” Kelsey and Charlie Baker.
Kim spent her professional life serving the underserved, lifting the underprivileged and advocating for the voiceless. She began her career working for Methodist Home which led to her career at Buckhorn Children and Family Services. The end of Kim’s professional journey was with Mountain Comprehensive Care Center where she championed many programs in the Morehead area, including transitional living, emergency shelter for youth, in-school counseling, school-based therapy, etc. The most recent was a 2-million-dollar grant, Second Chance Act, re-entry program for released offenders. This program provides services to enable inmates to become successful members of the community. A special thanks to the community partners who help serve the mission, Ashley Adkins, Marilyn Smith, Carol Blair, Becky Fannin and Wanda Fultz. Kim was very proud of MCCC Developmental Therapy Dept., especially Jessica Branham and Kristy Jackson.
Kim loved to travel! She especially enjoyed Hawaii, Paris, Scotland, Ireland, and Greece. What she enjoyed the most about traveling were the people she met and the people who traveled with her. She often said, “It’s not the places, though they were beautiful; it’s the people I love the most.”
Kim loved to spoil all her nieces and nephews (greats and otherwise). Her favorite times were “teaching little ones to misbehave, making faces and ways to get through a church service with humor.” Christmas was the best opportunity to provide these youngsters with the noisiest, most annoying toys on the planet to be taken home “for the enjoyment” of their parents. “I know I am the rotten sister (and aunt), but I enjoy life.”
Her nieces and nephews are Joyce (Bodie) Planck Stevens, Beverly (Kevin) Planck Reber, John Darrell, Jr. (Stacey) Lambert, Joel (Ashley) Rochet, Christopher (Linda) Lambert, Brett Lambert, Ryan (Jodi) Plank, Olivia Paige (Thomas) Planck Sloas, Joshua (Melissa) Plank, Andy (Savannah) Plank, and Eric Plank.
The family extends special thanks to Rite Aid Pharmacy, St. Claire Hospice, and U.K. Radiology in Morehead.
Due to COVID-19 requirements set forth by Governor Andy Beshear, private family visitation will be held Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals followed by a private graveside service at Brown Cemetery with Brother Willie Skaggs officiating. A public Celebration of Life for extended family and friends will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, throws, candles and such, please make donations to MCCC Mountain Haven Emergency Youth Shelter, Attention Teresa Forman, 1034 East Main Street, Morehead, KY 40351.
Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351 is caring for arrangements.
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