‘Nothing she hasn’t done’: Lincoln teacher with terminal cancer lives her life to the fullest

The Lincoln community has rallied around her. Teachers have donated sick leave, and parents of students have dropped off meals, walked her dog and cleaned her house.

Two days before Lincoln High School teacher Mary Ellen Plewes was supposed to start her fall semester, she became known as “the young one” at the doctor’s office.

Diagnosed with a terminal bile duct cancer called cholangiocarcinoma, Plewes has a grapefruit-sized tumor that has “obliterated” her arteries and veins — and about six months to a year-and-a-half to live.

“I don’t want people to think that I’ve given up,” she said. “Even though I am a realist, I’m going to keep living and keep doing as long as I can.”

Plewes, who has worked for Leon County Schools for six-and-a-half years, only qualifies for leave without pay, which leaves bills unpaid, her refrigerator empty and her two daughters without support.

But the Lincoln community has rallied around her.

Teachers have donated sick leave, and parents of students have dropped off meals, walked her dog and cleaned her house. Some parents have even given Plewes rides to Jacksonville for her chemotherapy treatments at the Mayo Clinic.

“I want them to know how much it means to me. Even though this is a hard time, it’s made everything so much easier,” she said.

Plewes, who teaches graphic design, said she always knew she wanted to be a teacher.

She’s down to earth and personable, said Laci Smith, a former student who is a now a freshman at Florida State University.

“She would talk to us as people, not just students,” Smith said.

Smith and her mother, Marci, have been dropping off dinners for the Plewes family since they learned of her diagnosis in August.

For Laci, Plewes’ sophomore year class was a relief. Both of her parents were diagnosed with cancer within four weeks. Throughout their surgeries and chemotherapy, Laci looked forward to Plewes’ class, a place where she could relax and learning didn’t feel like work.

“She was my favorite teacher that year,” Smith said.

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The Lincoln community has rallied around her. Teachers have donated sick leave, and parents of students have dropped off meals, walked her dog and cleaned her house. Two days before Lincoln High School teacher Mary Ellen Plewes was supposed to start her fall semester, she became known as “the young one” at the doctor’s office.…

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