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Obituary: Marion H. Schorr Brown - Red Jacket, 1937-40 - U.S. Air Force & WASP 8/11/12

St. Tammany News (Covington, LA) - Monday, May 11, 2009


Marion H. Schorr Brown, a resident of Christwood Nursing Facility of Covington, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2009, of heart complications. She was born in New Orleans, March 13, 1920, to John Michael (brew master of Regal Beer, New Orleans) and Wilhelmina Southerland Schorr .

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Edmund Schorr Sr.; and husband, Jack D. Brown.

She is survived by two sons, Richard S. and Kay Betzler of Ohio and Michael D. and Susan Betzler of Alabama; two grandchildren, Stacie M. Champa and Christopher L. Betzler; and one great-grandchild, Jessica R. Champa.

Brown was a member and supporter of the Louisiana Episcopal Diocese through Grace Memorial, Christwood and Mt. Olivet. She was a member of The Ninety-Nines (Women’s International Org. of Pilots), Tri Sigma Service Sorority, Civil Air Patrol and countless others.

She was raised in New Orleans (Algiers, later, Lakefront area) and attended Southwestern Louisiana (now, University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and then taught at John McDonogh High School and worked summers at Higgins Ship Builders for two years. During her time in college, she attended Civilian Pilot Training Program, which launched her into the aviation main-stream as one of the first military/professional female pilots. Serving in World War II as a WASP (Women’s Air Service Pilots – WW II) and later, onto the U.S. Air Force, as a pilot, she continued to be instrumental in general aviation for more than 50 years. Her efforts and time to this endeavor included the fields of General (Private), Corporate and Military aviation.

Brown inspired and lead aviation via, flight instruction, chief of flight operations and FAA Flight Inspector. She was also a participant of multiple Women’s’ Air Races, (Powder Puff Derby and Angel Derby) – in which she won, from Canada to Cuba in 1956. Her love, dedication and caring ways with family, friends and community, will be missed, yet, a guide to live by and a welcomed friend in the Everlasting.

Memorial services will be held at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Hammond on May 23. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. followed by service at noon. Internment will be held by the family at Grace Memorial Cemetery following.

E.J. Fielding Funeral Home Inc.,
2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington
, entrusted with the arrangements. Sign the guest book online at www.ejfieldingfh.com.



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