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PLETT, Martha Derksen

Martha Plett died Mar. 25, 2011. She was born Mar. 25, 1924 in Kuban, Russia to Johann and Louise Derksen. That year, Martha's family immigrated to Canada, settling in Yarrow, B.C. Martha took piano lessons and became pianist for the Yarrow church choir.

In 1947, Martha married John Plett, and they moved to Vancouver. She continued to teach piano. Martha and John enjoyed travelling and developed a fondness for Asia.

They sponsored the Yeh family to come to Canada, cherishing them as extended family for 25 years.

Martha was a member of Killarney Park MB Church, Vancouver. She was proud of her job as greeter; Martha listened to visitors' stories, invited them to lunch, and included them in her prayers. Martha was quick to forgive and find the good in people.

Passionate about sewing, she collected beautiful fabrics from around the world.

Martha will be remembered for her warmth, ability to befriend newcomers, honest opinions, and unwavering faith. The way she laughed at herself gave others permission to laugh at themselves too.

Predeceased by John, grandson Charlie; Martha is mourned by children Sylvia, Sandy (Doug), Randy (Connie), James (Brenda); 10 grandchildren.


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