Margaret "Peggy" Mary Chartier Arians

March 31, 1961June 24, 2021

Margaret “Peggy” Mary Chartier Arians, age 60, of Overland Park, KS, formerly of Sioux City, IA, passed away on June 24, 2021 at 2:14 am. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Monday, June 28th at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112. Celebration of Life service will be 10:00 am on Tuesday, June 29th at Unity Temple. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Académie Lafayette, 201 E. Armour Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64111.

Peggy was born in Chicago IL, to James and Marguerite Chartier and raised in Sioux City, IA, with her siblings, she was the oldest of five. She attended East High and obtained a certificate of cosmetology from the Iowa School of Beauty. She relocated to Kansas City in 1983, where she cultivated many friendships and made lifelong bonds. Peggy met her husband, Elmer Arians, when he was selling jerky at the Old West Expo in Sioux City, IA. They married at the same place they met, the following year. She welcomed her first baby boy, on May 30th of 1992. Their family grew as they welcomed two more beautiful children. She put her heart and soul in to both her family, and her work; Académie Lafayette. She helped build the school and started working there in 2006, after volunteering for many years before that. The family would like to share that she loved you all very much. We believe her soul is free to travel as she wanted.

Peggy was preceded in death by her father, James Alfred Chartier; aunts and uncle; and her dog, Mowgli.

Peggy is survived by her mother, Marguerite Ann Chartier, of Sioux City, IA; husband, Elmer Edward Arians, of Door County, WI; sons, Ian Arians (Abby), of Kansas City, MO and Colin Arians, of Overland Park, KS; daughter, Katia LaForte (Donald), of Pittsburg, KS; step-daughter, Angie Arians and family, of Monroe, WI; grandson, Graham Arians; dog, Scout; siblings, Jim Chartier (Mary), of Houston, TX, and Tom Chartier (Kelly), of Cold Springs, MN; sisters, Mary Sawatzke (Kim), of Crofton, NE and Annie Chartier, of Sioux City, IA; as well as numerous nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved.


  • James Alfred Chartier, Father (deceased)
  • Aunts and Uncle, Beloved (deceased)
  • Mowgli, Her Beloved Dog (deceased)
  • Marguerite Ann Chartier, Mother
  • Elmer Edward Arians, Husband
  • Ian Arians (Abby), Son
  • Colin Arians, Son
  • Katia LaForte (Donald), Daughter
  • Angie Arians and Family, Step-Daughter
  • Graham Arians, Grandson
  • Scout, Beloved Dog
  • Jim Chartier (Mary), Brother
  • Tom Chartier (Kelly), Brother
  • Mary Sawatzke (Kim), Sister
  • Annie Chartier, Sister
  • Peggy is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved. We believe her soul is free to travel as she wanted


  • Visitation

    Monday, June 28, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021



Margaret "Peggy" Mary Chartier Arians

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Katia Arians LaForte

June 29, 2021

Katia Arians LaForte

June 29, 2021

Haley Mason

June 29, 2021

I met Peggy when she lived down the street from my step dads house. Me and her kids used to play everyday. She was like another mom to me. She will always have a spot in my heart and will always be missed.

Anna Pham

June 28, 2021

I met Peggy in 2014 as a "client" and "contractor" but we became friends after the first year. She was a nice and understands friend that I have. My most memory of Peggy is that every year during the last week of June, I will frequently receive a phone call from Peggy at 10:00 PM and said that "can you take a look at these students, their attendance is not corrected?" I will miss Peggy's smile and her late phone call to me during the last week of June. Missing Peggy's smile will remain me to smile all the time.

Jacque Lane

June 27, 2021

There was never a nicer, kinder person than Peggy. She was so patient, an expert on perennials, a camper at heart, and extremely smart. I envied her math skills on numerous occasions. She was a great talent. She could even cut her own hair - who does that?
I admired her devotion to her family and how they loved her back.
There were times I wondered how she could remain so nice in so many situations. I told her "we (me and Carlos) used to be nice" and asked her if she remembered those days. Her wry and smiling reply: "Vaguely"

I know we can not comprehend all the feelings of loss we will experience in the future, but she would encourage us to remember her by trying to be nicer to each other.