Former Soldotna and Anchorage resident Lila "Maxine" Plett died Nov. 2, 2010, in Snowflake, Ariz. She was 94.
Mrs. Plett was born June 13, 1916, in Gladbrook, Iowa, to Joseph Read and Olive Geisenhener. She had been a school teacher in one-room schools in Iowa and Anchorage, and participated in the Women of the Moose, Pioneers of Alaska -- Anchorage Igloo, Legion Auxiliary, Spenard and Soldotna Lions clubs, the VFW Women's Auxiliary and Woodland Park Presbyterian Church. She and her husband, Ehrig Plett, eventually moved to Soldotna where the couple built a home on the Kenai River.
Her family said: Maxine's passion in life was geography and travel. She and her husband were able to travel to every continent in the world and many more than once. Aside from travel, her love was Alaska. They were very active in the senior center there. She will be missed by her family and friends but she is now at peace with her husband in heaven.
Mrs. Plett was preceded in death by her husband, Wibur Ehrig Plett; her brothers, Harold and Garold Read; and her parents, John J. and Ollie Read of Gladbrook, Iowa.
She is survived by her daughter, Ann M. (William) Curtis of Concho, Ariz.; granddaughter, Tracy Ann Thompson (James) Bankhead of Apache, Junction, Ariz.; and two great-grandsons, Bo and Cody Bankhead of Apache Junction.
There will not be a public ceremony and the family asks that anyone wishing to contribute to her memorial, do so, in her name to the charity of their choice.
Arrangements were made by Owens Livingston Mortuary.
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