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A friend, Jeanne Knapp, who flew for Braniff in the 1960’s out of MSP, past away Sunday, September 9th. If you knew her, and would like to send a card to her daughter, I’m sure she would appreciate it.
Kimberly Boyce, 8435 NE 137th St., Kirkland, WA 98034-1719.
Jeanne is the dark haired lady in the front. This photo was taken in 2013 at a Braniff reunion in Minneapolis.
Husband of Donna Bennett Purcell
Husband of Clipped B Martha Baker
Linda Masopust 77, passed away in her sleep, at her home in Layton Utah. May 20. She was the daughter of Jim and Blanch Masopust, born March 9th 1941 in Okla. City, Okla. She is survived by her sister, Carol VanHorn of Okla. City and her brother, Paul Masopust of Layton Utah. She attended Okla. University but her passion to fly and travel, led her to become a flight attendant for Braniff Airlines for 22 years. She later worked as a librarian at the Vacaville Ca. library where she retired in 2006. She loved all animals and lived a full life. She will be truly missed by family and friends.
It is with great sadness this Monday morning we found out Dianne Laffoon passed away June 5. She was at the Braniff Fly in May 28. I have no more details.We have now learned that Dianne died in her sleep. Our thoughts and prayers for family and Friends. Dianne flew for Braniff 1969-1989. Her current address in the yearbook is Lexington KY. Dianne was still currently with AA and was on medical leave from a fall on crew staircase for bunk beds. Her friends in KY are working on Obit for Dianne. I will send out when I receive. I have called the flight Museum and asked if they could let us have space for celebration of life. I haven’t heard back from the CEO.
Virginia White Bowie Skelton
Virginia was born on July 25, 1924 and passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Virginia was a resident of Dallas, Texas at the time of passing. Funeral service to celebrate Virginia’s life will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 1:00 PM in The whispering waters garden at Restland Memorial Park.
Marion Sherman Griffith Jr., age 87, passed away on June 2, 2018, in Sun City, Texas. Marion Griffith is survived by his son, Marion Sherman Griffith III, Sherman’s wife Dawn, and their children Justin Griffith and Ben Griffith of Southlake, Texas; and his daughter, Sheryl Griffith Shewell, and her son Corey Shewell of Bastrop, Texas. He is preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Mary Lynn Griffith, of Dallas, Texas.
Marion was born on October 19, 1930 in Austin, Texas to Sherman and Myrtle Griffith. He graduated from The University of Texas with a Masters in Music. After graduation, he served in the Air Force flying C-124 transport aircraft in the Alaskan and Pacific theaters. After the Air Force he was hired at Braniff Airlines. He spent most of his time at Braniff in management and was the Director of Flight Standard when he was asked to manage the Concorde program. He was the first US airline pilot to be type rated in Concorde. After Braniff, Marion worked as the President of the US subsidiary of Rediffusion, a British flight simulator manufacturer.
He was devoted to his hobby of Soaring and aviation, serving as the President of The Soaring Society of America, was the principal organizer of the first SSA Convention, was a founder of the Dallas Gliding Association which started and funded the Johnson Flight Tests, was a director of Southwest Soaring (a commercial Texas soaring center), state and national open class record holder, and regional and national open class competitor.
Marion, our Dad, will be missed by many who loved him, enjoyed his stories, admired his achievements, and listened to his council.
There will be no formal memorial service per his wishes. Sherman and Sheryl will hold a service in the sky for him.
Mary Kottke passed away in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The obituary was featured in Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on June 6, 2018.
Howard Dwight Caldwell, age 103, passed away peacefully at home on May 17, 2018.
He was born February 24, 1915 in Ponce, Puerto Rico to missionary parents, Irwin and Lena Caldwell. He graduated from York College, Nebraska and joined the Marine Air Corps. Howard then was a commercial airline pilot for 34 years until his retirement in 1975, flying first for Pan American Grace Airways (Panagra) and later Braniff Airways.
In the early years of flying for Panagra he and his wife, Gladys, lived in South America and then moved to Miami in 1948. They later moved to Ocala in 1975 after he retired. Howard was a charter member of Grace Presbyterian church in Ocala, FL and a volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels in Marion County until he was 96. He also enjoyed continuing to fly his private plane, playing tennis, and riding his bicycle.
Gladys, his wife of 72 years, predeceased him in 2013. Howard is survived by his children, Barbara Fletcher of Asheville, NC; Richard Caldwell and wife Susan of West Union, SC; and Pat Caldwell of Ocala, FL; as well as grandchildren Catherine, Sarah, Karen, Christopher, Riley, and James; and twelve great-grandchildren.
A memorial Service will be held on June 12th at 11 AM at Grace Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to Marion Senior Services (designated for Meals-On-Wheels) or Grace Presbyterian Church.
Daughter of Captain Al Ayers.
Brenda Nitsch, age 78 of Seguin, passed away on April 29, 2018. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 1030 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Dennis Darilek officiating. Private interment will be held later at San Geronimo Cemetery.
Nancy Zastrow Shaw
Nancy Zastrow Shaw, Braniff Flight Attendant, 1958-1960, died today, April 24, 2018. Funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, April 28,2018 at 1:00PM at Rhoton Funeral Home 1511 South Interstate 35, Carrollton, Texas 75006.
Nancy Shaw was married to Robert Shaw, another Braniff employee who worked in the Sales Department.
Cards may be sent to:
Nancy Shaw Family
Dallas Texas 75334
Barbi Bittel Brown
Kitty Burge Wilson
It is with sadness we notify you that Kitty Burge Wilson, the last remaining of the four ladies who started the Clipped B’s in 1947, died on Easter Sunday. Her service will be held this Thursday, April 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Presbyterian Village North, where Kitty has been a longtime resident.
The Chapel at Presbyterian Village North
8600 Skyline Drive
Dallas, TX 75243
From Central Expressway, go east on Forest Lane. Across from TI, turn right on Landa Lane. Pass through the gate into Presbyterian Village North, and the chapel will be in front of you slightly to the right on Skyline Drive. Ample parking around the chapel.
Harriett Francis Tweedy
Harriet Francis died on March 1. Services are planned for March 24 2018 at 11:00am at Rhoton Funeral Home on I-35 in Carrollton, TX. Harriett’s address was 11844 High Valley Dr. Dallas ,TX 75234.
Karen Titus Pope
Karen Titus Pope, Braniff Flight Attendant 1968-1982 has asked for prayers for her husband, Dale, who is in the final stages of bone cancer. Karen also just recently lost her mother. Please keep Karen and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Rebecca Jane Harwell
It is with sadness we notify you that Rebecca “Becky” Jane Harwell Tohill passed away on January 28, 2018. She is a current member of the San Antonio chapter of the Clipped Bs and flew from 1974 to 1986. She moved to Dallas in the early 1990s to resume her airline career as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, which lasted 15 years. A memorial service will be held in the Memorial Chapel at Restland Memorial Park on Saturday, February 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Condolences may be sent to Becky’s husband:
Carrollton, TX 75006
Linda Shepard Lewis
It is with great sadness to notify you that Linda Shepard Lewis, who flew from 1966-1982, died on January 2 following a massive stoke she had on December 31 while dining with a friend at a restaurant in The Villages, Florida. Linda has lived in The Villages for the past four years, but spent most of her life in Dallas.
UPDATE: The memorial service for Linda Shepard Lewis, who died January 2, will be held:
Thursday, January 18, at 3:00 p.m.
Park Cities Baptist Church
In the Ellis Chapel
3933 Northwest Pkwy.
Dallas, TX 75225
(On Northwest Highway, east of Preston Road)
The family is hosting a reception following the service at the home of Linda’s sister.
Ann and Doug Smellage
Dallas, TX 75225
(2 blocks east of Preston, 1 block north of Park Lane)
Captain Wayne Schrunk
On Friday, December 22, 2017 at 4:30am Wayne Schrunk passed away from complications from a stroke. While growing up in Scio, Oregon he dreamed of flying and was a Smoke Jumper for the Oregon Forestry Service while in college at Oregon State University where he was a member of SAE. Up until the moment of his passing he was still actively supportive of his old Fraternity and the Brothers that he made while attending College. They spent many trips together over the next 64 years and kept in touch regularly.
He spent 10 years in the Army after college as a pilot in Korea and other international locations before joining Braniff in 1968 and continued until 1982. He then went to work for Piedmont and ended up retiring from USAir due to their purchase of Piedmont. In his retirement he played a lot of golf, was an active member in the BISE organization as Secretary for many, many years. He is survived by his Wife Martha Laughlin, Son Jeff Schrunk, Daughter-in Law Heather Schrunk, Step-Daughter Christie Finley, Son-In-Law Eric Finley, Step-Son Nicholas Parson, Grandchildren Jordan Schrunk, Allison Jones, Norah Finley, Keira Finley and Greyson Finley, Brother Dean Schrunk, Sister Beverly Gibson and Nieces Lisa and Julie and Nephews Mark and Steven.
There will be a celebration of life in the Spring of 2018 to get together and remember him with great memories and laughter.
Johnny Jackson received word that Bob Mullins Braniff Line Service Mechanic at DFW passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Additional information will be sent soon.
Paula Sue Snider
Husband, Terry Elliott, and Braniff friends gathered at Terry Daniels home on November 11, 2017, to remember and celebrate the life of former Braniff Flight Attendant, Patti Bober Elliott, 1965-1989. Patti passed away on October 28, 2017, at her home in Natchitoches, LA.
Retired Braniff pilot, Captain Thomas Harris, took his final flight on Oct. 25, 2017 as he died peacefully in his sleep at home.
Tom was born April 18, 1937 to Florence and Stephen P. Harris in Dunkirk, New York. A graduate of Fredonia High School, he attended Allegheny College, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta, and received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Emery Riddle Aeronautical University. He proudly served in the USAF for seven years and was a B52 commander. In 1965 he left the service and began flying commercially for Braniff Airlines.
He had many hobbies which included classic cars, golfing, sailing, travel and cruising all over the world with friends and family. He was a member and past commodore of Poulsbo Yacht Club and served as president of the PSEB T-Bird Club.
He was a loving husband to wife Susan for 48 years, a caring father to daughter Jeanne and son Stephen and proud granddad to Jessica.
A celebration of Tom’s life is planned for early summer.
Please pass this message on to the B’s.
I am greatly grieving the death of my dear husband of 57 years.
However, the sisterhood of Clipped B’s have shown me so much support by their many cards, emails, texts, letters,
food brought in, and attending Jack’s service that I am overwhelmed with gratitude.
Who knew when we were so very young that our friendships formed in training, and flights, would stay with us forever.
You all are the greatest friends. Thank you one and all.
Liz Bailey Wahlquist
Son of Gloria Ault
Susan Riley Whitney
Susan Riley Whitney, 64, of Tacoma, Washington, passed away on June 28, 2017, after a hard fought battle against breast cancer. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 5236 E B St, Tacoma, WA 98404, with Pierce County Sheriff’s Chaplain Rick Bulman officiating. A reception will follow the service. Susan was born in Vernon, TX to Horace and Wilma Riley.
It is with sadness to announce that Clipped B member Jean E. Mitchell passed away July 17 in Frisco, Texas. Jean flew from 1957 to 1972 and was president of the San Antonio chapter of the Clipped B’s from 1993 to 2006.
Her current residence, as listed in the Clipped B yearbook, is:
8080 New Kent Road
Frisco, TX 75035
No service is planned at this time. Her obituary follows:
Husband of Kathy Stanko Anthony, BN Hostess, 75-89.
Thomas M. Anthony, 72, of Camillus passed away on Friday after a courageous battle with Leukemia with his loving family by his side. Tom was a 1963 graduate of West Genesee High School. After graduation he enlisted and served in the United States Navy as a Sonar Technician. Tom then graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in Business Administration. He became a pilot for Braniff Airlines and later retired after 21 years as a Captain for UPS on the 747. Tom loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. Most importantly, Tom was a devoted husband, loving father and loyal friend.
Newt passed away today at 2:20pm. His remains will go to UT Medical Center, Dallas, so there will not be a funeral. Ann is planning a celebration of life at their home in Kemp, Texas on August 12 (details later). Newt was a fine gentleman; he will be missed.
Bon Voyage Newt,
There will be a small service in Stillwater, Minnesota at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on July 2nd, followed by a celebration of her life on Tuesday, July 4th.
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Our dear friends, crew mates, and family members that have passed away will always remain in our thoughts and prayers.