Gone West: Longtime Volunteer Marguerite Lawrence Passes Away
Marguerite Lawrence celebrated her 90th birthday with her family during her last AirVenture in 2006.
February 25, 2010 —EAA is mourning the death of Marguerite Lawrence, who was an Admissions Gate volunteer at the EAA convention for 30 years. She died on February 16 at the age of 93 in Wichita, Kansas. Her last visit to AirVenture Oshkosh was in 2006, and that year her family traveled to Oshkosh to celebrate her 90th birthday. They held the party at Admissions Gate 346 (the Warbirds gate), where she volunteered for many years.
Marguerite always chose to camp on the grounds with her friends. “She refused to stay in a hotel," her son, Stan, told The Wichita Eagle.
Marguerite was also a pilot, soloing in 1938 and earning her private ticket in 1940. She wound up marrying her flight instructor, Roy Gene Lawrence who, her eldest son, Sondy, joked, “Got her in the airplane and would not land until she said ‘yes.’” Read the 2006 story AirVenture Today ran about Marguerite’s 90th birthday party.