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Epilogue Nancy Batson Crews had a profound effect on many people’s lives. Her life and her death probably had their greatest impact on her elder son. Paul now uses the special gift his mother gave him—the lessons of forgiveness he learned from living through her death—to help others. He is teaching others how to use forgiveness to bring about peace of mind and he is writing about his experience so that others can read, understand, and find guidance. Nancy dramatically changed my life. She made possible my crowning career achievements. First she challenged me, then she helped me fulfill my dream. None of what has happen to me since 1999 would have taken place had it not been for her faith and trust in me. She was, and is, my inspiration. Nancy also possessed the gifts of “risk-taking,” of “planning ahead,” and of “follow through.” She was willing to draft a long-range plan to build a subdivision and risk her money, her land, and her future against possible loss and failure. But she had her “Master Mind” plan and team in place. She did not fail and Nancy lived to derive pleasure from fulfilling her dream. Her children and grandchildren are now the beneficiaries of who she was and what she accomplished. People are living in houses Nancy built. Craftsmen and laborers had jobs during the building phase. A community of homes exists because of her foresight . And she fulfilled the dream she and her father shared. Nancy taught a lot of people to fly—both powered aircraft and gliders. She showed her students by example what it was like to soar like an eagle and look down at the marvel that is the earth. Surely some of her passion rubbed off. Nancy has helped keep a small but important piece of World War II history alive in her telling and retelling of the WAFS experience. And the larger organization, the WASP, owes her its organizational structure, dating back to her presidency, 1972 to 1975. Epilogue • 183 Fellow pilots like Joe Shannon, Jim Pittman, Ed Stevenson, Chris BealKaplan , and Ed Stringfellow revere her and are richer for having known her. The foreshortened lives of Evelyn Sharp, Helen McGilvery, Cornelia Fort, and Charlie Miller were enhanced by their brief wartime brush with her. Nancy didn’t think of herself as a role model. She felt her privileged upbringing—by well-to-do parents who were exceptionally receptive to their children’s dreams—made it easy for her to achieve. But she took what she was given and, on her own, forged an enviable personal, aviation, and business record of achievement that can be an inspiration for women and men. ...


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