Wednesday, April 13, 2011

WASP Violet Thurn Cowden, 43-W-4 April 10, 2011

WASP Violet Thurn Cowden
Oct. 1, 1916 - April 10, 2011
Emails from WASP online have been streaming in since WASP Vi Cowden’s last flight on April 10, 2011.    e.g.  'We lost Vi yesterday.’    'One of a kind is gone.'   'She took her last flight last night peacefully.’    'A real loss to us all!'   Among the emails was a message from her son-in-law, Rick:  "Violet Cowden was a friend to all of us and will be sorely missed.  Her participation in life was immense and her desire to add value wherever she went is evidenced by her multitude of friends from around the country and abroad.  Vi will always be remembered for so many reasons and will be missed by all of us who loved her dearly."

I apologize for not notifying you sooner; however, I honored the family’s request,  that nothing be posted until they had the chance to inform her friends.  


Vi Cowden truly wrote her own legacy and, respectfully, I post the following links to highlights of Vi's life and her most recent opportunities to spread the joy of being a WASP through interviews and films.

 "VI COWDEN" website, created by the Freedom Committee of Orange County
"Second to None"  recently released film which celebrates the untold achievements of American women throughout history.
Violet Cowden Oral History -- University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Violet Cowden Interview -- The History Channel
Ride of a Lifetime
Veteran's History Project--interview, photos and papers
Top Gun Grandma

God bless her family and those whose lives she touched.  I pray that she is truly flying higher than she has ever flown before.

Posted by Nancy Parrish
April 13, 2011