Martha "Marti" M. Plager
26 February, 1941 – 6 October, 2021
Martha was born Martha Merle Lewis on February 26, 1941 in Des Moines, Iowa to Jessie and Donald Lewis. The family moved to Lakeville, Minnesota when Martha was 3 as her father was in business with a brother.The family lived in Minnesota until Martha was 11 when they moved back to Iowa and settled in the small town of Ankeny. Her father continued in business with a brother as livestock buyers. Each week they would drive to Kansas City to purchase beef calves to then sell to farmers to feed for the beef market. The family attended the Ankeny Methodist Church where Martha was active in the youth fellowship and Sunday school. That was where she met the boy that was to become her life long companion, George. They both attended Ankeny High School, graduating in 1959. Marti, a nickname acquired at this time which was to be her unofficial name henceforth, attended Iowa State University. She graduated in 1962 with an honors degree in Economics Education.
On August 18, 1962 she and George were married at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They settled down in Iowa where George taught high school for a year. In 1963 George joined the Navy as an aviation cadet which was a big change for a small town Iowa woman and the beginning of an eventful life together. Their first son, Doug, was born in 1963. Following George in the Navy led to living in Florida, Texas, California and Hawaii. During the stay in Hawaii she joined George in Japan for two months. Their second son, Wayne was born in 1965.
In 1967 George left the Navy and by 1968 they had moved to Kansas City where George worked with TWA. That job took them to New Jersey for 15 years while George worked in New York with TWA. They moved to Florida to do a job change then finally moved to Louisville in 1988.
Marti had always been involved with sewing and fabrics. In Louisville, she was introduced to quilting. This became her passion for the rest of her life. She became an active member of the fiber arts community of Louisville and had solo shows at the Carnegie Center in New Albany. She also had quilts accepted in prestigious quilt venues such as The Quilt National and Art Quilt Elements. Marti was a vibrant energetic person who made friends easily and loved company and social activities. One of her greatest joys was to host people in her home. She constantly thought of whom to invite for the next dinner.
Marti is preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Donald and one one sister, Norma. She is survived by her husband George, two sons, Doug (Karen), Wayne (Angela), four grandchildren, Richard Plager (Erica), Michael Plager (Katie), Susan Plager (Matt) and Laura Plager, one great granddaughter, Ellen Plager and two brothers, Grant Lewis and Wayne Lewis.
Guests are invited to attend a memorial visitation on Friday, October 15, 2021 from 3-7pm at Arch L. Heady & Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Rd, Louisville KY 40222. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 330 N. Hubbards Ln. Louisville KY 40207.
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Martha "Marti" M. Plager
Barb & Fred Johnson
15 October 2021
We met Marti and George shortly after moving to Kentucky. I remember thinking this lady is a dynamo! Our friendship grew over the years, with picnics, Halloween parties and our yearly drive to Lex. We are honored to have one of her works of art on our wall.
We will always be so grateful that our paths crossed.
12 October 2021
I will miss all our conversations about art. I loved watching what new direction she would take her Art Quilts. As one of me biggest fans, she was always encouraging and very supportive of my Art Journey.
I am very glad we got to spend September together and that she was able to see so much of her family during our trip to the Great North Woods. Spending evenings together, enjoying a glass of wine while we watched the sunset over the lake will be a lasting memory.
She was very much loved and will be missed.
❤️ Angie Plager
12 October 2021
I enjoy my Ben Franklin Bridge quilt. Marti made this in March 2009. It has hand dyed fabrics, and unique stitching, especially to represent the famous Delaware River.
11 October 2021
I only knew Marti through LAFTA, Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists group. She was such a vibrant person and inspiring fiber artist. She was colorful in her work and full of positive energy.
Her memory will live long among her friends in LAFTA. I hope this knowledge will comfort her family.
9 October 2021
Marti was one of the most vibrant, lively people I knew; hard to believe she was 80! She was such an artistic inspiration to me. I loved the bright colors she used in her quilts as well as the bright colors she wore. I used to tell her I wanted her hand-me-downs. She showed up for life! My heart goes out to George and the whole family. Prayers for strength, comfort and peace in the days ahead.