Ozella Marie Rash Duncan, age 89, passed away on January 4, 2014 at Margate Health and Rehab in Jefferson, NC.

She was born February 11, 1924 in Jefferson, NC to James Albert (Jim) and Blanche Lewis Rash. Ozella grew up in Buffalo Community. She graduated from Jefferson High School, Jefferson, NC, in 1941. She began working for Glenn L Martin Aircraft, Baltimore, Maryland in 1942 as an Engine Mechanic and took classes for an Aircraft and Engineer License. She was selected and trained as one of seven women to become Martins first all-girl ground test crew to completely check every functioning part of the PBM-3 Navy Patrol Bomber. These women replaced the men who were called into military service during World War II. During this time she earned a pilot

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