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Genevieve Orange

Genevieve “Gen” Krimm Orange, 87, passed away February 21, 2010, in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. She was a former resident of Topping.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Frieda Berger Krimm; father, Raymond Henry Krimm; granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Marley; and husband, Ernest E. Orange Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Frances D. Marley; and grandson, Aaron T. Marley.

At age 20 in 1943, Mrs. Orange became the first female flight instructor in the Richmond/Tidewater area. She was also the first female president of the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society.

In 1942 and 1943, she served as second lieutenant and transportation officer in the Civil Air Patrol.

Mrs. Orange was among 12 women who organized the Richmond Women’s Flying Club in 1942.

In 1953, she became one of the first female corporate pilots in the nation.

A funeral service was held February 27 in Richmond. Interment was in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Henrico County.

Memorial donations may be made to the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society, 5701 Huntsman Road, Richmond, VA 23250-2416.

posted 03.22.2010

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