Inez C. Roberts

Inez C. Roberts, 90, of New Oxford, Pa., formerly of Angelica, died Monday, October 3, 2011 at the Brethren Home Community in New Oxford.

Born Sept. 39, 1921, she was the daughter of Marshall and Iva Denismore Crandall.

A bright, independent spirit, she applied her talents in many areas. She earned her pilot's license at 19, and went on to become a masterful homemaker. Her creativity included oil painting, knitting, and crocheting. Her crocheted snowflakes and angels grace Christmas trees of her family, many friends and West York Church, and she sent pounds of Christmas cookies to dozens of people for years.

Surviving are her daughters, Diana French of Spring Grove, Pa., and Kathy Dorey and her husband Rusty Rustia of Roanoke, Va. ; grandson Sherman Jay Hurd and wife Julie of York, Pa. and nine other grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Clair E. Roberts; daughters Margaret Lester and Anne Lutz; and her great-grandson, Stephen.

A memorial in celebration of her life was held at Nicarry Meetinghouse at the Brethren Home Community.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren Home Good Samaritan Fund or the Visiting Nurses Association of Hanover-Spring Grove.

Services were entrusted to Irwin-beck Funeral Home & Cremation Service PC of Spring Grove.


From the Belmont Dispatch, Nov. 7, 1940:

Inez Crandall First Aviatrix in Allegany

Local Young Lady Made Her Initial Flight Monday And Returned To Base In 3-Point Landing

It should be of more than passing moment that Allegany county's initial female aviator came into being the past week in the person of Miss Inez Crandall of this village when she soloed for a time over the Wellsville landing field.

 Miss Crandall is the 19-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Crandall and a B.H.S. graduate.  She became an aviation enthusiast with the institution of the Civil Aeronautics Authority course at Wellsville and through diligent study secured one of the free flight scholarships which ultimately put her into the air, on her own, Monday last.

 The young woman was permitted to fly at 1,000 feet for fifteen minutes in the vicinity of the field.  She made a perfect take-off and landing.  Her reaction to the adventure, according to herself, was that it was "more commonplace than expected, and void of fright as she had to much to do to think of self."

 Miss Crandall is considered a very fortunate young lady and with good luck, should become another pioneer in the field of unlimited opportunities. 

 R. J. Embser, chairman of the Civilian Flight Training Committee at Wellsville, announces that another group of this area young men and women is to be given the second chance, November 19, of receiving this same training as our Miss Crandall and perhaps be able to also qualify for a scholarship, the same as she did.

(Researched by Mary Rhodes.)