Margaret Shaffer



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.




Mrs. Latta enjoyed golfing, flying and attending auctions. She was of the Lutheran faith and was a homemaker the majority of her life.

Mrs. Latta is survived by a daughter Muriel Jo Pratt (Morris E., Jr.) of Rebersburg, a sister Joann S. Rishel (Jack) of McElhattan, two grandchildren, Morris E. Pratt III and Kristin J. Pratt, both at home and a daughter in law, Nancy A. Latta of McElhattan. Along with her parents Mrs. Latta was preceded in death by a son Michael V. Latta.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 4, 2007 at 11 a.m. in the Wayne P. Urbine Funeral Home, Inc., 95 E. Main St., Loganton, with Chaplain Ted Van Schoick officiating. Visitation will be held in the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. until time of the service. Interment will be held in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Booneville.