Friday, 22 January 2010 00:00Dorothy M. Darress, 88, a long-time resident of Port Washington, died suddenly on New Years Day 2010. Born in Chicago on June 7, 1921, she was a flight attendant for TWA departing from Idlewild Airport now known as JFK. She was the first TWA stewardess to cross the Atlantic 100 times and was the first hostess to log a million miles. She continued to be an active member of the retired Clipped Wings Association. She was originally married to Gil Mose, a navigator for TWA. She later worked many years as a library aide in Paul D. Schreiber High School.
She later married Warren Darress, an engineer for Sperry Gyroscope, enjoying together many years of sailing catamarans on Manhasset Bay. She is survived by her brother, Leonard Beck, of Chicago; sister Lorri Luszyk of Indiana; children, Perry and Jeanie Mose of California, Jeffery Mose of Atlanta, Warren and Maureen Darress of Smithtown, Anne and Anthony Kroon of Texas; grandchildren, Jessica and Cory McCue currently stationed in South Korea, Gabrielle Kroon and Christa Kroon of Texas, Kerrie and Josh Johnson of Boston, Kristen and Jim Neal of California and Karen and Ken Kuhn of California; great grandchildren, Alexa Neal, Julia Neal, Kaden Kuhn and Kayla Kuhn all from California and the future baby Johnson from Boston.
As a devoted member of the Port Washington United Methodist Church, 35 Middle Neck Rd., for over 30 years, there will be a celebration of her life at a memorial service scheduled for Saturday, March 13 at 1 p.m. All are welcome and donations to the Port Washington United Methodist Church would be appreciated in lieu of flowers. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington.