Vail Daily obituary: Mari M. Plain, 1933-2016
Mari M. Plain passed away on May 16. Born Marie Louise Marshall on June 20, 1933, to Verne and Clementine Marshall, she grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with four loving sisters and a brother. After graduating from McKinley High School, Mari attended Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
She was known for her compassionate heart, and Mari attracted many lifelong friends, including her husband of 56 years, George Plain, who died in 2011. They met in college and went cross-country skiing for their first date. They were thus destined for a life full of adventure. During this time, Mari also became acquainted with her family’s foreign exchange student, Wolfgang Wuehrer, who became a part of Mari’s Austrian family.
After college graduation and a wedding soon after, the young couple spent time in New York state before eventually settling in South Bend, Indiana. Mari raised her four (plus one) children with the same love she gave to her friends: Dave (Terry), of Eagle; Caren (Peter), of Eagle; George (Andrea), of Rochester, New York; Alice (Shelli), of Edwards; and Roswitha Wuehrer (Dieter Koeberle), of Basel, Switzerland.
Mari led an active life, first as a seventh-grade English teacher, then donated her time and energy to the First Presbyterian Church, as a member of the Session and as Sunday school superintendent.
She was also an active member of Junior League and Wednesday Club. Mari also spent many weeks during the summer at Palisades Park on Lake Michigan. She followed the adventurous George to the wilds of Canada for family canoe trips and to many exciting places to ski. Time in their retirement years was divided between South Bend and Vail, where Mari enjoyed the beauty of the mountains, especially during the summer with the blue sky and amazing wildflowers. She skied Vail well into her fifties.
Mari was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by many, including her grandchildren Brad (Lauren), Tyler (Brenae), Lindsey, Katie, Sarah, Megan, Alex and Kristen and great-grandchildren Tenley, Olivia, Henry and Jackson.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 333 W. Colfax Ave. in South Bend, Indiana, on Friday at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow.
Donations can be made and sent in Mari’s honor to The Center for Hospice Care, Hospice House, 22579 Old U.S. Highway 20 E., Elkhart, IN 46516.
Vail Mountain has transformed a forgotten shack atop Chair 4 into its new Legacy Hut, a warm-up area designed to celebrate the mountain’s history.