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Sarah S. Sciple

June 29, 2015
Pine Island Eagle

Sarah S. Sciple passed away peacefully on June 19th, 2015. Sarah S. Sciple was born in Florida and was graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1939. Her family homesteaded and raised tobacco since before 1845. Young Sarah washed airplanes and swept out hangars in exchange for flight time and instruction, earning her private pilot's license by age 17. She delivered the News-Press by airplane to Sanibel and Captiva and enjoyed skydiving. Later she became a United Airlines stewardess and then Ozark Airlines' first stewardess and chief stewardess. She wrote their onboard flight services manual, designed the uniforms and hired the first stewardesses. Sarah married Colonel Carl M. Sciple, West Point Class of '32 and, as Army personnel usually do, lived in various places around the world. During the Shah of Iran's reign she worked for Iran Air, lived in Teheran, dug for relics in Mesopotamia hiking and climbing to the top of fabled Mount Damavand - 18,600 feet above sea level. Sarah flew the Outback of Australia in a single engine plane, sailed the Nile River in an old fashioned Felluca and walked the Great Wall of China on crutches after falling from a luge in Switzerland. On her 85th birthday she zip-lined in the Costa Rican Jungle. Sarah has lived in Galveston and San Antonio, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis, Washington D.C., Tokyo Japan and Frankfurt, Germany, Sarasota. She moved back to Fort Myers in 1977 and a few years ago to Matlacha, where she volunteered weekly at the Beacon of Hope and was a very active member of the Matlacha Hookers. She also was an active member of The United Airlines Clipped Wings Organization, Ozark Silver Wings and United's Pelican Drop-ins. Sarah has worked many different jobs some of which were: Working for Ma' Bell secretary to a Washington Lobbyist working for the department of war discharging Navy Sailors after World War 2 volunteer counselor and unpaid board member of Abuse Counseling and Treatment in Fort Myers. Sarah is survived by her brother James, nephew Ned, nieces Kate and Maria, step son Carl, daughter-by-choice Elaine, her beloved Girl Scout Troup and numerous, good friends. Sarah requested no flowers, no memorials and absolutely no viewing. Please make any contributions to your favorite charity. An intimate, private service will be held later at the family's Frierson-Hendry cemetery. Edited and approved by Sarah S. Sciple in March, 2015

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