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January 21, 1940 - April 23, 2021

A Celebration of Life service will be held in her memory and honor at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, at Georgiana United Methodist Church, 3925 South Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, Florida 32952. COVID social distancing protocols will be in effect, and all attendees will be required to wear a mask.

Martina “Marti” Metcalf, age 81, of Merritt Island, Florida, passed away April 23, 2021, at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida. She spent her final days on earth surrounded by loved ones, and took her last breath in the peaceful presence and reassuring embrace of one of her oldest and dearest friends.
Marti was born on January 21, 1940, in Baltimore, Maryland, to parents Ralph and Mary Aestor. When Marti was a child, her family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to seek a healthier climate with more opportunities for her younger sister, Kathy. Upon graduating from high school, Marti was extended an invitation to work at the Cape in the burgeoning space program, and so she relocated to Brevard County, which was to become her forever home.

Not long after arriving in Brevard County, Marti met the love of her life, Leland Metcalf. They were married on December 15, 1967, and settled in Merritt Island, where they became fixtures of the community through their numerous business ventures, civic and charitable associations, church and club memberships, and networks of friends and neighbors. These connections stretched in new directions and multiplied exponentially with the arrival of daughter Kyrsten in 1970 and son Kyle in 1975.

Marti was probably most famous for her skill and artistry as an interior designer and decorator. With encouragement from friends who had long admired her talents, she started out small from the laundry room-turned-office at the Metcalf home at 635 Heron Drive, and from there grew to become the creative force behind Interior Designs of Brevard for over two decades. And Marti never stopped decorating: despite having celebrated her 81st birthday in January, she could still be found from time to time on a stepladder stringing lights or adding one more silk flower to an arrangement, and there are files still open on her desk for projects currently underway.

Marti was also a prominent and active resident in each Merritt Island community she called home. While living on Heron Drive, she was a “second mom” to countless South Merritt Estates kids. Then she fully embraced the equestrian life at the new Metcalf home, Sageland Stables, on Chase Hammock Road. Her years at Island Cove Condominium brought her many treasured friendships and a cherished view of the Indian River. And her home in Riverside, which she shared with her daughter and son-in-law, gave her once again her own yard and gardens where she could put her green thumb to good use and create a haven for the birds and squirrels who brought her such delight.

Over the years Marti was actively involved with numerous civic, social, and religious organizations in the greater Merritt Island area. Marti was in the Spade and Trowel Garden Club for over 40 years, and was very active in fundraising, especially home tours and in promoting gardening projects. She was one of the early members of the Cape Canaveral Hospital Auxiliary Pink Ladies. Marti also devoted her time and talents to The ARC Alliance, especially when the activities involved her sister, Kathy. Stemming from her love of all things elegant and beautiful, Marti ushered countless brides down the aisle as a wedding coordinator. Her other loves included antiques, daisies, and Tab cola. Marti was a longtime member of Georgiana, where her strong Christian faith grew even stronger through the love and support of her church family.

In addition to her generous spirit and boundless energy and determination, Marti’s hallmarks were her unique flair and creative spirit, her keen eye for colors and textures and how to turn a room into a showplace, her unstoppable drive and Italian gusto for life, her deep love of nostalgia and nature, and, yes, the big blonde hairdo that she wore like a crown.

Marti is survived by daughter Kyrsten Gittings and son-in-law Brad Gittings, cousin Joe Flannigan and his wife Linda Flannigan, and seven “dear hearts” who she was very proud to have call her “Mimi”: Clint, Tommy, and Anna Lynn Hausmann; Margaret and Joseph Tallman; and Ellis and Ethan Wiggins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland Metcalf; her son, Kyle Metcalf; her sister, Kathy Aestor; and her parents, Ralph and Mary Aestor.

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