July 24, 1922 - April 29, 2007
Born July 24, 1922 in Tylersville, Pennsylvania, the daugther of Roger C. and Agnes Overdorf Shaffer. Margaret grew up in Central Pennsylvania and graduated from Lock Haven State Teacher's College (now Lock Haven College) with a BS in education.
She started her flying career in college and working part-time at Piper Aircraft.
Once she heard about the WASP program, she applied and was accepted into class 44-7, and after completing 7 months of Army Air Force flight training at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, she graduated, received her silver wings and her Army Air Force orders: Napier Field, Dothan, Alabama.
While at Dothan, Margaret 'slow-timed' a lot of engines and flew as a engineereing test pilot. The most important thing that happened at Dothan? She met her husband, career Air Force pilot, Lt. Farley "Mike" A. Latta.
After the WASP were disbanded, Margaret worked as a C-47 Co-pilot for Laister-Kraffman, Inc. in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Margaret spent 20 years as an Air Force wife--and mother of 2 children. Michael V. Latta was born at Keesler Air Force Base Biloxi, Mississippi, and Muriel Jo Latta Pratt was born at Fort Richardson, Alaska.
After her husband died in 1993, Margaret spent her time 'playing a lot of golf ."
She passed away on April 29. 2007.