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MYRANN, Daphne Miller
MYRANN, Daphne Miller Daphne E. Miller Myrann, a third generation AV resident, passed away September 16, at the age of 96. Born June 14,1921, in Lancaster, Daphne grew up in 'downtown' Lancaster when Beech Street was still a dirt road. Her father, a German immigrant, drove 20 mule teams across San Francisquito Canyon prior to meeting her mother in the AV. Daphne and Judy Garland were classmates at the Cedar Street Elementary School. Daphne graduated from AVHS class of 1939 where her mother had been a member of the first graduating class in 1912. Daphne became one of the first young women to work at Polaris Flight Academy (a WWIl Royal AF training facility) in 1941, the first female secretary at the Lancaster Sheriff's office in 1943 and the first secretary at Palmdale Airport in 1950. From 1951 to 1955, Daphne worked at EAFB for Bell Aircraft initially as 1 of 2 women on the X-1 and X-2 programs, working with many notable test pilots including Chuck Yeager and Scott Crossfield. She had a front row seat to the Golden Age of rocket flight exploration. She married test pilot, Robert Myrann, in 1956. Daphne and her family were transferred to several cities across the nation eventually returning to Southern CA in 1972. Daphne enjoyed writing her personal stories, a good bridge game, playing the piano, family, friends, dark chocolate and a good martini. Daphne was predeceased by her parents Minta Thomason Miller and Joseph Miller, and her husband, Robert E. Myrann. She is survived by her son Robert J. Myrann, daughter Lani Currado (John A.), grandson John R. (Dina) and granddaughter Alicia Barlow (Chris) as well as 4 great grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at Lani and John's home at noon, Friday, November 3rd. Please email lanicurrado@gmail.com for further info. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SETP Scholarship Fund, Lancaster, CA. www.halleyolsenmurphy.com

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