WASP Mary Louise Bowden Brown, 43-4, took her final earthly flight January 29, 2013. She was ninety-six. Today, she is flying higher than she has ever flown.
Born May 16, 1916, in Overbrook, Pennsylvania, Louise became interested in flying after meeting the pilot/owners of Buck's Airport in Woodruff, New Jersey. She accepted an invitation to join their flying club, which gave her the opportunity to solo and build up her hours in a 50 hp Porterfield.
After the WASP were deactivated (Dec. 20, 1944), Louise earned her instructor's rating, single and multi-engine ratings and taught flying for six years. Louise became a chaplain at a 125-bed hospital in Fulton, Kentucky, where she ministered to young girls who were serving time in the Hickman, Kentucky jail.
Louise became a missionary for the Presbyterian Church, and for 21 years, served at a 525 bed hospital in Maharastra, West India. From West India, she transferred to Kathmandu, Nepal, where she served for four years.
After retiring, Louise married Sam Brown and returned to Kentucky. After Sam passed away, she earned her black belt in Tae Kwan Do. A short time later, she moved to New Hampshire to be near her sister. She was a resident of The Kendel Nurshing Home in Hanover, New Hampshire and is survied by nephew Gordon Edgan and wife, Janis.
The Dash Between
Respectfully posted by Nancy Parrish
* from "OUT OF THE BLUE AND INTO HISTORY" by WASP Betty Turner