88R23470 BPG-D
  By: Hunter H.R. No. 1154
         WHEREAS, A life made rich through meaningful service drew to
  a close with the passing of Maxine Edmondson Flournoy on April 5,
  2023, at the age of 102; and
         WHEREAS, The daughter of Dr. John Edmondson and Mary Ruth
  Edmondson Jones, the former Maxine Edmondson was born on March 30,
  1921; she grew up in Joplin, Missouri, and attended Joplin Junior
  College; after obtaining her pilot's license through the Civilian
  Pilot Training Act program, she joined the Women Airforce Service
  Pilots in 1943 and trained at Avenger Field in Sweetwater; she was
  assigned to the navigation school at Hondo Army Airfield, where she
  trained cadets in Beechcraft C-45s; and
         WHEREAS, Following World War II, she worked as a company
  pilot in Alice, where she met her future husband, Lucien Flournoy;
  they raised three daughters, Mary Anne, Betty, and Helen, and
  operated Flournoy Drilling Company and Alice Aviation together for
  many decades; the couple enjoyed entertaining at Flournoy Park in
  Alice and at their home on Lake Corpus Christi in the Carmel Hills
  neighborhood; Mr. Flournoy passed away in 2003; and
         WHEREAS, Mrs. Flournoy gave generously of her time and
  talents in behalf of the USO in Ingleside and at the Naval Air
  Station Corpus Christi, and she was appointed by President Jimmy
  Carter to the World USO Board of Directors; she also served with the
  Texas Historical Commission; active in the WASP alumni group, the
  Order of Fifinella, she flew a family-owned Cessna 337 to reunions
  across the country; she was named president of the association in
  2002; two years later, the Commemorative Air Force in Ingleside was
  named the Maxine Flournoy 3rd Coast Squadron CAF in her honor; she
  was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for her military service;
         WHEREAS, A woman of strong faith, Mrs. Flournoy was a member
  of First Presbyterian Church in Alice and then First Presbyterian
  Church in Corpus Christi; she hosted Christian ministry groups
  during the annual Institute in Basic Life Principles event in San
  Antonio, and over the years, she provided hotels and meals for
  hundreds of friends and employees; and
         WHEREAS, While the death of Maxine Flournoy brings great
  sadness to her family and friends, she leaves behind a legacy that
  they will forever treasure; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 88th Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the memory of Maxine Edmondson
  Flournoy and extend sincere condolences to the members of her
  family: to her daughters, Mary Anne Guthrie and her husband, Greg,
  Betty Louise Fields and her husband, Byron, and Helen Ruth Pope and
  her husband, Bill; to her brother, Phil Edmondson; to her 11
  grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; and to her other
  relatives and friends; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for her family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Maxine
  Edmondson Flournoy.