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Maggie's Hat
Remembering Maggie
Maggie Wardle was a 19-year-old college sophomore from Plainwell, Michigan, attending Kalamazoo College in Michigan in 1999.  Her life ended in a relationship violence incident on that campus on October 18, 1999.  Since that time her family has devoted her memory to raising awareness of relationship violence prevention.  Many of Maggie’s friends, as well as her family, have taken up this cause.

This October 18, 2010 will mark the eleventh anniversary of Maggie’s death on the Kalamazoo College campus.  Her family is working now to set up activities to remember Maggie, especially in this anniversary year.  One of the activities has been to create, along with the former Handweavers Store in Kalamazoo, a knit hat pattern called
Maggie’s  Hat

The owners of the website Live.Knit.Love, Marjan and Jamie Marsman, have generously designed this knit hat in Maggie’s honor. The stitches and design in the hat pattern incorporate Maggie’s interests in family, friends, faith and butterflies.  The Live.Knit.Love online knitting pattern store is the current business venture of Marjan and Jamie who previously owned the Handweavers store, which closed in August 2010.

Click HERE to download free pattern

Maggie’s family is asking for donations of completed, knitted Maggie’s Hats (see Martha's mailing address below) or a small monetary donation for Hats made, and kept by the knitter, to a Remembering Maggie fund at the Kalmazoo Community Foundation.  Send monetary donations to:
Remembering Maggie Fund
c/o Kalmazoo Community Foundation
151 South Rose St.  Suite 332
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-4775
Checks can be made out to: KCF/Remembering Maggie Fund.  Monetary donations to KCF are tax deductible.  You will receive a written confirmation of the tax-deductible monetary donation from KCF.

Donated Hats :
1.Will be sold online at:
2.Hats you knit to donate can sent by mail to:
Martha Omilian
2630 W AB Ave
Plainwell, MI 49080  (Please include note with your name if you wish.)
3.Other arrangements can also be made by emailing: or           calling 269-685-8671.

All donations will be used to raise money for organizations and programs that promote awareness of the issues of relationship violence prevention.  Donations will be used to build the Remembering Maggie Fund at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation that will give grants to promote relationship violence prevention. Please go to the Remembering Maggie Fund page of this website for more information.  That is the commitment of Maggie’s family and friends in her honor.  More information about Maggie and her life can be found at:

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Remembering Maggie website
Maggies Hat pattern.pdf
Read Martha's Story, an article about the hat.
Photo of Maggie's Hat
Remembering Maggie Fund page
More samples at bottom of page