OTTAWA — Jeanie Plummer is modest. Her pies aren’t really that special. After all, they don’t look terribly nice, she said.
But anyone around Trinity United Methodist Church on Pratt Street will tell you Plummer’s opinion of her baking is much too modest.
Plummer, 92 years old, found her niche when the church came calling.
“I’m willing to help our church anytime,” she said, smiling.
And when her pies come in for different events and special functions, there’s practically a line of people waiting. Part of the appeal is she enjoys old-fashioned recipes like grape, shared today, and raisin that are much harder to come by.
The grape pie she makes has a lot of good memories attached. She and her late husband, Bill, would work on this pie together. He would help squeeze the pulp from the skins while she readied the other ingredients.
“My mother used to make grape pie,” Plummer said, explaining her mother was a wonderful baker. She learned the knack of baked goods from her.
Her mother made pies twice a week, as her father always took a piece in his lunchbox to work on the railroad every day. Her mother also baked cinnamon rolls, and Plummer’s job was to deliver them to neighbors and the grocery store. She grew up in Continental.
“The grocery store, they’d be waiting for rolls at the grocery store,” she said.
Her father also got involved, helping watch that the cookies wouldn’t burn.
“We just enjoyed baking and things all my life,” Plummer said.
When she was raising their two children, she always had baked goods around the house.
“I liked to bake, but I didn’t bake a lot of pies,” she said.
She also enjoys baking cookies for the neighborhood kids to this day.
“I make people happy,” Plummer said. “They really enjoy it whether it’s good or not.”
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