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KILLEN, MARGUERITE TY HUGHES
KILLEN, Marguerite (Ty) Hughes TY'S FINAL FLIGHT Ty Killen, 87, passed away on January 17, 2011, at home, crossing into the arms of Jesus. Ty was born on May 16, 1924, in Superior, Arizona to Mattie Marie Trammell and Murray Eddy 'Pete' Talley. Her early memories were of spending many happy hours exploring in her beloved Superstition Mountains. Ty and her brother Mike, developed a love for flying. She attended high school in Yuma, Ariz., and spent her spare time at Fly Field working in the hangars and servicing airplanes. She attended civilian pilot training and received her commercial and flight instructor ratings on her 18th birthday. In 1942, while attending the University of Arizona, she married Lt. Fred Hughes, a B-24 pilot in World War II. She then heard about and was accepted into the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II. During her WASP training, her husband was killed in a flying mission over India. After deactivation, and the end of the war, Ty returned to the University of Arizona. She was a flight instructor as well as a student. She graduated with an education degree in 1948, and married Jim Killen that same year. Over the years they continued to live in Arizona and had 3 daughters, Talley Killen Dunn, Kelly Killen and Shauna Killen Stoops and a son, Jim Killen, Jr. She moved to Lancaster in the 1972. Ty was a master teacher and life long learner. She taught elementary education in Phoenix, Ariz., and then Lancaster, Calif., for 45 years. In addition, she was a talented artist, swim instructor, dancer and equestrian. In her most recent years, along with her dedication to the WASP association and her speaking engagements, she enjoyed involvement with friends and family, reading, and gardening. Ty is remembered as a loving grandmother, mother, aunt, sister, patriot and true friend. Her home was a place to visit and enjoy good times. Her family and friends remember her unconditional love, support, ever present smile and generosity. Ty is greatly missed by those that had the privilege and honor of knowing her. Ty is survived by; her children listed above grandchildren; Kaury Kucera, Seth Dunn, Tate Dunn, Jamie Stoops, Kelly Casey Stoops, Molly Killen, Jeanie Greene and Rachel Killen, great- grandchildren; Ayden Dunn and Zoey Ty Kucera, brothers and sisters; H.C. 'Mike' and Madge Hemperly, Carl and Janet Meyerholtz, nieces and nephews; Michael and Sherrell Hemperly, Martha Williams, Clay 'Buz' and Kim, Theresa and Scott Schmidt, Shauna Allcock and Crystal Meyerholtz, grand nieces and grand nephews; Sarah Sharp, Jaimie O'Keefe, Kayla Morrow, Michael Hemperly, Jr., Nicholas Montoya, Allissa Galvin, Heather Williams, Emily Williams, Hugh C. Robert Hemperly, Jr., Collin Apodac, Alex Smith, Bryce Smith and Carson Allcock. The family invites you to a celebration of life and luncheon following: Desert Vineyard Church, 1011 E. Avenue I, Lancaster, CA 93534, Saturday, February 26, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Joel Plantinga officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either: Hoffmann Hospice, 655 West Ave. Q, Suite A, Palmdale, CA, 93551. Ph# 661-272-2355 or Families of the Wounded Fund, c/o Village Bank, P.O. Box 330, Midothian, VA 23113 www.familiesofthewoundedfund.org

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