KIWIS "FLOWN WEST"
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>Mary Louise Lopez Elkin of the Golden Gate Chapter, has Flown West - January 6, 2021. She was from AA’s class of July, 1956. Mary Louise had been a long standing Kiwi Club member beginning with the Oakland group (where she served as official Photographer) and then switching over later to Golden Gate. For a tribute and photos, click HERE.
>In December, after a long and challenging struggle with her health, our Kiwi sister Judi Allen, passed away. She was a member of the Orange County/Long Beach Chapter and graduated in the class of Class 1969/12. Read a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul HERE.
>Long time DC Kiwi Jo Strickland Bucholz passed away 12/10/2020. Jo was a devoted Kiwi and friend. She was a beautiful, sweet, kind lady and will be greatly missed. She was 2 AA Classes: 1957/4 and back on the line in the Class 1976/4. She was based in Washington, DC.
>Cindy Mantiply Ryan, AA Class of 1962-16 and Past National President, 1986-88.' Cindy was a member of the South Bay Kiwi Chapter. She passed away December 15. Cindy was a beautiful person, inside and out, and will be missed by those who knew her.
>Boots Johnson Hogate, member of the Chicago Kiwi Chapter, has Flown West. We lost this remarkable Kiwi on December 8, 2020. Boots was in the AA Class of 1947 and was our National Kiwi President from 1960-1962. Many will remember Boots from skits at Kiwi Conventions, which were hilarious.
>Former MAL (2014) Mary Waddell Templin passed away on August 1, 2020. Mary was in the AA Class 1956/07. After leaving Stewardess Corp, she worked for AA reservations for many years.
>Orange County/Long Beach Kiwis have lost their long-time and much-loved Kiwi, Gwen Danielson Johnson. Gwen was in the AA Class of 1944. See the News-Just-In page for more information.
>Suzy Bernath Nelson, AA Class 1966/13, has passed away. She was a much-loved member of the LAX Kiwi Chapter. You can see what a special lady she was by clicking HERE.
>Doreen Rountree Pace from Laughlin, NV, has flown west. She was a member of the LAS Kiwi Chapter and in the class 1966-12.
>Helen Cocklin Fredericks passed away on October 23, 2020. Helen graduated in the AA Class 1951/10. She was a member of Western NY Kiwi chapter.
>Lynette Tracy, long-time and much-loved member of the South Bay Kiwi Chapter, has flown west. She died on October 21 from pneumonia and will be missed by her sister Kiwis. (See South Bay November newsletter.)
>Golden Gate Chapter member, Patti Keown DeLuna, passed away on Thursday, September 17 at her home with husband, John. She graduated in the AA Class of 1995. Even though Patti suffered long with Parkinson Disease, she aimed to live her life with dignity, activity and passion. She was honored for her heroic role on an American Airlines 767 when the Co-Pilot became ill during flight. Click to see a video of an interview with her: https://youtu.be/Gi4HmZYsqM8.
>Dorothy M. Krejci, member of the HOU Kiwi Club, passed away in November, 2019. She had a 38-year career as a Flight Attendant for American Airlines.
>Betty Barlow Agee has Flown West - August 4, 2020 - at the home of one of her sons. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was actively involved in several organizations through her years in Memphis.
As a flight attendant, she was based in Chicago, Dallas, & Detroit. She was also proud of being the Skipper in charge of the Admirals Club in Detroit and Dallas. She was in the Class of 1952/04. The Memphis Kiwis shall miss her greatly.
> Karen Cain Richardson , long time South Bay member, passed away on July 31, 2020. Karen was AA Class 1965/01.
>Margie Pipkin Sanders passed away on June 22, 2020. She was a long time member of the Memphis Kiwi Cub. Marie graduated in the AA AA Class 1946/04. She supported the local Humane Society because of her love for all furry animals or those with feathers. She also loved playing bridge with various groups of friends. Giving and sharing with others was a large part of her life. We will miss her generous spirit!
>Kathy Star Dugan Shinkle passed away on July 18, 2020. Kathy was in the AA Class 1959/14. She first was a Kiwi in the LA Chapter then spear-headed Chicago/North Shore when it formed. She has been President and Treasurer of Chicago/North Shore for many years.
>Rita Jean Sinnott has Flown West. She was in the AA Class of 1947 and a Golden Gate Chapter member.
>Hilary Browne Coffman, AA Class 1965--passed January 14, 2019. She was a member of the Hawaii chapter. Hilary hasn't been a Kiwi for many years, but her daughter said she loved AA and the Kiwi Club.
>Betty Jean Davis Fitzgerald on June 10, 2020 has Flown West. Betty was in the AA Class 1947/08.
>Juanita (Nita) Larson Starr of the AA Class 1941/11, passed away on May 26, 2020. Nita was 100 years young.
>Barbara Wulf Browne, Golden Gate Chapter, was in the AA Class of 1963. She died on May 7, 2020.
>Ruth Colley Kennedy, AA Class of ‘46-53 and longtime very active Kiwi in several chapters, has flown West. Ruth was a charter member of the FL Gulf Coast Kiwi Chapter and the Long Island Chapter. She is pre -deceased by her husband Bill (also with AA). She is survived by her son Bill and daughter Patty.
>Jerry Bass Jennings, AA Class 1949/08, passed away 5/18/2020. Jerry was a charter member of the Oklahoma City Kiwi Chapter.
>Manhattan Kiwi Nancy Redmond, passed away on May 7, 2020. Nancy had been a Kiwi since 1998. More information to follow.
>Beloved member of the Washington DC Chapter, Peggy Kuniewicz Hoffend died April 30, 2020.
>Marian Roberts-McCarty 9/3/40-4/21/20 - 79 years young - member of the FL Gulf Coast Kiwi Club, will be missed. She was in the AA Class of 1961.
>Catherine MacMillan Seaman has Flown West. She died on March 27, 2020. Catherine was hired as an AA Stewardess in 1940. She was also one of the Kiwi Club's original members dating back to its origins in the 1950's. For many years she was a member of the DC Chapter and served on its BOD. She then became a MAL. She was 102 years young when she passed away.
>Denver Kiwi Paula Yochum Blackmar passed away April 6, 2020. Paula was last a Kiwi during the 2002 term and AA Class 1964/03.
>Debbie Speegle, OKC Kiwi, has Flown West. She passed on March 2, 2020 in Henderson, NV. She was a flight attendant for over 30 years and once an instructor at the Learning Center.
>Ginny(Virginia) Cox La Fon, passed away peacefully at her home on April 10, 2020. Ginny's AA Class was November, 1946. She will be missed by the Memphis Kiwis.
>Phyllis Ryan Gareis, beloved member of the Atlanta Kiwi Club, has flown West. After a long fight with cancer, she succumbed on April 6, 2020. She was in the AA Class of 51-14. Phyllis served as President of the ATL chapter more than once, and was an active and faithful member for many years.
>Barbara O'Brien Miller, long time Dallas Kiwi, passed away on March 27, 2020. Barbara was a past President and a very devoted member. She was a member of AA class 51-06. There will be no service due to the Pandemic situation. Cards can be sent to the family at: :
> Denise McCormick Chapman flew West on March 2, 2020. Denise flew in the 50's. She was a charter member of the Albany Kiwis and a longtime member of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis chapter. She leaves a beautiful family in Minneapolis.