Carole Anne Plante, Washingtonian, Community and Political Activist dies at 87
Carole Anne Plante, daughter of Eugene and Edna Phifer, passed away on April 14th in Vero Beach Florida. She followed in death her husband, Robert H. Plante and leaves her children and spouses, Carole and Doug Beaver, Robert and Pamela Plante, William and Ronda Plante and Kimberlee Chaikin along with 9 wonderful grandchildren.
A lifelong Washingtonian, Carole attended Sidwell Friends, University of Maryland and was a member of Congressional Country Club. While raising 4 mischievous children, Carole contributed to their community by fighting local government to complete a bridge connecting Tilden Lane and the surrounding communities, Tilden, Old Farm and Luxmanor so that all could drive to the new Middle school. She helped lead the fight to keep C.W. Woodward open for as long as her children attended so that even the youngest was able to graduate there.
An avid Republican, Carole ran R.M. Nixon’s Maryland State Phone Bank, was a Maryland State Presidential Elector to the convention, part of Ronald Reagan’s campaign and was involved or managed several state, county, and local government candidates. Not stopping there, Carole, a breast cancer survivor herself, helped start Grand Harbor’s “Answer to Cancer” Annual Event in Vero Beach. She felt strongly that all proceeds go directly to helping make improvements at Indian River, Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center.
Carole found time to play tennis and golf weekly and enjoyed traveling with her friends and children. She never missed a party and was happy dancing the evening away, exclaiming how she and Bob were always the last couple to leave.
A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, Tunnel to Towers Foundation, The Lone Survivor Foundation, or other preferred organizations.
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