Flying, music are passions of a lifetime

Marya Giesy still plays the violin, one of the two passions in her life. At age 79, she can no longer fly, but she fondly recalls the days when she and her late husband trained together for their pilots licenses, eventually earning both their instrument and commercial ratings. "I also became a flight instructor," she recalls. "I flew to Alaska once and flew solo in the Powder Puff Derby from Los Angeles to Savannah, Ga., in 1968." Her husband has passed away, and the Beechcraft Bonanza that they owned together is gone. But she still has the violin he made just for her. "He worked with wood all his life and felt he could do this though he couldn't play," Giesy says.

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