DB Cooper in Skydiving History & Trivia 20 hours ago · Edited 20 hours ago by RobertMBlevins minor correction It is my sad duty to report that a major supporter of our explorations into the Cooper case, the lady I sometimes called 'Miss Daisy,' has passed away from natural causes at the age of 86. Gayla and I first met her about fifteen years ago when we took her on as a cleaning customer. As time went on, she also asked me to work for her on weekends driving her around to errands, to lunch, or to medical appointments. Over the years I got to know her pretty well. She was a 1956 grad of the University of Washington with a Masters in English. She worked her way through college, along with receiving some modest scholarships. Her summer job in college was working for the US Forest Service at Mt. Rainier National Park, where she did all manner of things for them including waiting tables at the lodge and even planting trees occasionally outside the park area. After she graduated, she applied for Federal civil service as a librarian and was hired by the US Air Force, which is where she spent her entire working career. They assigned to her bases all around the world, including one place I knew well...Anderson Air Force base on Guam. (I lived in the Apra Heights neighborhood on Guam for three years when I was a kid) She survived Super Typhoon Karen in 1962 and Typhoon Pamela in 1976, both of which caused extensive damage to the island as well as the library she ran. She helped rebuild the library a second time after Pamela and then was assigned elsewhere. During the Vietnam War, she provided the books to the people she called 'my boys,' whether they were going TO the war, or coming home FROM it. Below: Guam, after Typhoon Karen Photo Source: Anderson AFB 36th Wing History Office While I was traveling around the Northwest investigating the Cooper case, 'Miss Daisy' would often write generous checks to AB of Seattle to help cover expenses. I tried to refuse this money, but she wasn't having any of that. "I can afford it, Bob." she said. "Stop worrying." I cut her cleaning rate in half to help make it up to her, and also charged her the minimum for my weekend trips to her house to drive her around...once the traveling part of the investigation was over. She was a constant supporter of Adventure Books in one way or another for many years, and my good friend. She was also a world traveler in her spare time and could be found in Hong Kong, Nepal, even Red China occasionally, where she seemed to get along with everybody. She even talked a Red Army guard out of his hat, which she decorated with little pins and later gifted to me. (I don't actually wear it, of course. But I keep it in a china cabinet.) She had a hell of a life, that's for sure. And she really did remind me of Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy because our relationship was a lot like the movie. When she became unable to live by herself any longer, Gayla and I helped her move to two different assisted living facilities (she had to have her OWN apartment there of course) and we did this for free. The final move we did for her was just in time, because the place she HAD been was swept through with the Covid virus, while the place she went to last was not. I am pretty certain we saved her life on that one. Picture below was taken at the last place she lived. She left me some cute things from her personal possessions that I will always treasure, including a large series of unused post cards from the Far East, a jeweler's loupe in a leather case, (I found out that she figured I could start fires with it out in the woods while camping ) and other stuff. 'Miss Daisy,' you will be missed. She definitely had a sense of humor. She's wearing a Mickey Mouse watch. An original. Every time it quit working she got it repaired.