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Anne C. Eriksen

June 3, 1930 - December 20, 2020

Anne C. Eriksen, age 90, of Newark, DE, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020.

Born on June 3, 1930, in Wilmington, DE, she was the daughter of Benjamin H. and Cecilia M. (Frarer) Miller. Anne worked as a Bank Manager for WSFS for 13 years. She was an accomplished airplane pilot for 12 years and earned her place in the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame in 2000. Anne was a member of the Air Force Association of Delaware and the Delaware Pilot Association. She also served as a chairman for the Youth Achievement of Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame. Anne was presented with the Miss Mary Biggs Award for Excellence in Aviation Community Services in 2002. She is credited for bringing the last Powder Puff Derby from California to Delaware in 1976, and founded the Delaware Chapter of the Ninety-Nines.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of over 40 years, Paul E. Eriksen; siblings, Leonard J. Miller, Lawrence B. Miller, Alma M. Ferris, Jean M. Miller and Kathleen M. Anthony; and grandson, Lewis J. Pelfrey III. Anne is survived by her children, William T. Grussemeyer, Jr. (Joanne), Susan Evans (David), and Brett J., Grussemeyer; siblings, John F. Miller (Bertha) and Benjamin J. Miller (Norma); 8 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, followed by a memorial service at 11 am. Face masks are required for all in attendance. Interment will be held privately in Gracelawn Cemetery, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anne’s memory to ­­­­The Ninety-Nines, Inc., 4300 Amelia Earhart Drive, Suite A, Oklahoma City, OK 73159.

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  • I have many fond memories of my Aunt Anne from childhood on. I was so sorry to hear of her passing and regret I did not have one last time to visit. She will be always in my heart.

  • Dear Bret, so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She seemed to have a full life. Love you bud, rich

  • I will always have fond memories of Aunt Anne, she was a hoot! I am dissapointed that I did not remain in touch with her after my mom, her sister Kathleen, passed away. The family is in my prayers.

  • I have many fond memories of Aunt Anne especially at holiday get togethers with family. You will be missed Aunt Anne.

  • Dear Anne I just wanted to say thank you for being a good mother in law and wonderful grandmother for many years. I know you are in a better place now with your husband and family . I know we didn’t always see eye to eye but I always loved and respected you! 🙏🙏 Rip Diane

  • My deepest condolences on losing such a wonderful woman. I am so pleased to have met and known Anne, and extremely happy that she founded the Delaware Chapter of the Ninety-Nines Women Pilots. Thanks to Anne’s vision
    she has provided future generations of women pilots, both scholarships and camaraderie. Not only do I have my pilot textbooks to study, there is an entire network of women pilots that inspire and encourage one another, both on our happiest days and in our most difficult times. Anne’s thoughtfulness in creating the Delaware 99s is like a raindrop into water, spreading out in larger and larger circles . Our youngest members are in their early 20s now and I am looking forward to sharing her story with them.
    Blessings to her family, we are truly grateful for Anne’s life and legacy.
    Sincerely ,
    Rachel Andrews Anderson
    Chapter Chair of the Delaware 99s
    Delaware Hall of Fame Trustee