Brookfield-Lena Plows, 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at the home of her daughter, Sandra, surrounded with the love and support of her family at her side.
She was born in Stockwell at the family home on August 28, 1942, the daughter of the late Marion and Lena Michael Stetson. Lena was raised on the family farm, which was at times hard work, but provided the opportunity of being close to her parents and grandparents. In addition, her brothers and sisters were her constant companions for chores and fun. Lena married Sidney Plows in 1961. Together, they had six children and Lena was a caring and devoted mother. She had been employed at the former Waterville Knitting Mill for 15 years. She earned a GED and furthered her education by completing a program to become a Certified Nurse’s Aide. She worked as a CNA for 27 years at Community Memorial Hospital of Hamilton. A true caregiver at heart, Lena was loved by her patients, their families, and hospital staff. Following her retirement from the hospital, she continued to do private duty care. At the age of 75, she retired from nursing. Lena, a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, wanted to spend more time with her family. She was the “Best Nana” ever, according to her grandchildren and the great grandchildren. Lena loved anytime she could be with family, no matter the occasion.
Lena is survived by her children David Plows of Brookfield, Donald Plows of Madison, Karen (Barton) King, Christina Wheeler, Sandra (David) Jones all of Brookfield; her sisters Roma Jewel of Central Square, Thelma (John) Plows of Brookfield, and Sharon Taylor of Long Island; a special friend John Warner; her beloved grandchildren: Anthony, Danielle, Amy, Sarah, Leann, Ronny, Allen, Jasmine, and Grace Mary; her cherished and loved great grandchildren: Kaylin, Rose, Kaydence, Payton, Rory, Avery, Lee and Summer. Lena is also survived by her great-great grandson Asher; numerous nieces, nephews, and close friends.
She was predeceased by her parents Marion and Lena; her beloved son Richard Plows; her sisters Mary James and Eleanor Kennedy; her brothers Fredrick “Fritz” Stetson, John Stetson, Robert Stetson, and Donald “Butch” Stetson.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 6:30 PM at the Paul Funeral Home of Brookfield. There will be a visitation from 4-6:30 PM at the funeral home prior to the service. Spring interment will be in Brookfield Cemetery, and at that time to be announced, there will be a celebration of Lena’s life. Lena and her family are being personally provided care by Jeffrey T. Paul, Director of the Paul Funeral Home of Brookfield. To offer messages of condolence please go to: paulfuneralhome.net
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Lena’s name to the Brookfield Fire Department, P.O. Box 78, Brookfield, N.Y. 13314. Envelopes will be made available at the funeral home.
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