Genevieve "Ginger" McQueen died December 19, 2012 at Shawnee Gardens HealthCare Center, Shawnee, Ks.
Ginger was born July 21, 1921, in Steamboat Springs, Co. and grew up in Frontenac, Ks & Green Bay, Wi. As an adult, she graduated from Kansas City Business College and pursued study at the Kansas City Art Institute and at Rockhurst College. She married Francis McQueen on December 18, 1948, who preceded her in death July13, 1997.
During World War II Ginger was employed at Leathen Ship Building Yards and at Richmond Virginia's Technical Institute as an electric arc welder, working on General Sherman tanks. She was the first woman welder in the State of Virginia. After the war she was retained at Virginia's Technical Institute in the blue print division. She joined Braniff International Airways in 1947 in Kansas City MO and was employed there for 35 years. At the time of her retirement she held the position as Central Regional Director of Station Administrator.
Ginger was active in several organizations and served as President in the American Association of Retired Persons, the American Business Women's Assn., Kansas City Ceramic Assn., the Heart and Hand extension Unit, the Pittsburg Informative Club and the Southeast Kansas Doll Club. In 1972 she was named as one of the top ten women of the year nationally, for the American Business Women's Assn. She also worked as a volunteer working with children in art therapy at Safe House in Pittsburg Ks.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis Detrie and Mary Fuertsch Detrie, a son Francis Dean Detrie, sisters Marion DeVries, Bernadine Dittman and Thelma Geldhof, as well as grandson Robert Detrie. She is survived by Granddaughters Gina Fuentes of Austin, Tx. and Kathleen Detrie of Overland Park, Ks. Great granddaughter Erin Buccero, great grandsons Jacob Parks and Eric Parks, and 6 great-great grandchildren.