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Memorial for Zephra Mae-Miller at the Smoketown Arts Festival this weekend. Photos by Josh Mauser

Zephra, who passed away in 2004, was known in Louisville as “the Bag Lady.” She was a talented folk artist whose hats, purses, dresses and works of art were made of ordinary plastic bags, beautifully woven into delicate patterns. She was lived in Smoketown, and was a stranger to few.

According to her son, among other hobbies, Zephra “threw hatchets, knives, and rode motorcycles”. She drove around town in one of two cars—a 1965 Chevrolet Impala convertible and a white Lincoln stretch limousine, one that apparently did double duty at the funeral home owned by her family.

Read more about Zephra here. She sounds like quite the lady!