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FIFI (MURIEL) LABINE - AIR BAHAMA - ONA

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NASSAU BAHAMAS 1970


Dedication to Fifi

Fifi was Air Bahama for me. It was my time and I always thought highly of her and had a lot of respect for her. We had some great times together. She was a very nice lady who always tried to make all of our "special requests" possible, which was not always easy with a bunch of young girls all wanting Christmas or other holidays off at the same time or having to handle the schedule according to the boyfriends ... I still remember the time when she encouraged me to climb into the life raft during our ditching training in Nassau. Had Fifi not been that decisive, I would still be floating around scared to death of the water. Fifi always tried to find a solution to please all of us.
Georgette Frisch Kohn,
Luxembourg

ONA 1961-1968

# 1, 2 and 3 on ONA 1966
seniority list,
Nettie, Fifi and Teddy!
Fifi in our hearts


Fifi and Britt Carlsson
Thorstvedt,
1961, Alameda CA


Photo by Commercial Studios
Photographers September 26,
1959, 116 Franklin St
GL 1-9717
GARLAND CALIFORNIA


Nettie, Fifi and Anne
in Los Angeles 2003

AIR BAHAMA 1968-1973
GRADUATION CLASS OF 1973

Graduations
Photo M Hessink Gesell

Lena Granquist, Elisabeth, Fifi and
JD Stone´s son David in Luxembourg 1968
Photo by David Stone





Fifi in our hearts




OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS

Fifi in our hearts

Fifi passed away on November 3, she only lived 2 weeks after she went into the hospital.
Gun Vidal and Joan Armali
The Snow Leopard Project

GUNILLA CRAWFORD SIMON

IAB PASSENGER KAI STENDER

A personal jubilee with Air Bahama
December 6th 1968 AIR BAHAMA
flight from LUX to NAS on B707


ONA CREW WEB
Fifi had a long flying career and started flying as a stewardess with Overseas National Airways in 1961 together with Nettie Miller and Britt Carlsson Thorstvedt. At that time they lived in Alameda by the Sea together with a lot of other ONA crew. Those were wonderful times and many stories are told by Nettie and Britt from that era! There were several layoffs and restarts of the company and in 1966 Fifi was # 3 on the stewardess seniority list of ONA, flying senior stewardess internationally.
Four stewardesses from ONA 1960!

INTERNATIONAL AIR BAHAMA In the late sixties Fifi became chief stewardess of International Air Bahama stationed in Nassau Bahamas / Miami and Luxembourg.
Air Bahama, Nassau Bahamas Fifi with Ed Little, Marian Hessink and Yvonne Shaw. Yvonne Shaw was chief stewardess of Air Bahama after Loftleidir acquired the company after 1970.
Graduation of Air Bahama stewardesses - Fifi all the way to the left - Captain Ev Terry all the way to the right.
Air Bahama Chief Stewardesses
NETTIE MILLER
FIFI LABINE
YVONNE SHAW

Now that Fifi has left us many of us are heart-
broken. Fifi was such a kind and loving person,
earnest and hard working. 

ANAHEIM MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
After leaving the airlines in 1973, Fifi set 
out for a medical career and after a while
joined the Anaheim Memorial Hospital, 
where she was emoployed at her demise. 
She was active in the emergency ward of the 
hospital.

FIFI WILL BE GREATLY MISSED
Fifi wanted to be cremated and her ashes sent 
back to Minnesota. There will be a memorial 
Catholic mass for her in Anaheim. 

Fifi suffered from ovarian cancer and it had spread
to the liver. Her one remaining sister was with her 
as she passed away, as were her many nieces and 
nephews and she went to her house in Anaheim a 
last time yesterday.

Dearest Fifi, a last farewell and Rest In Peace.

Nettie Miller, San Francisco
ONA Crew
IAB Crew

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Spirit.




TO FIFI


Fifi in our hearts - 
Air Bahama Condolences

Fifi with Bruce, crew bus driver
1973 Nassau

Photos by Marian Hessink
Gesell, South Africa

A little dedication to Fifi

Fifi was Air Bahama for me. It was my time and I always 
thought highly of her and had a lot of respect 
for her. We had some great times together. She 
was a very nice lady who always tried to make all 
of our "special requests" possible, which was not
always easy with a bunch of young girls all wanting 
Christmas or other holidays off at the same time 
or having to handle the schedule according to the 
boyfriends ... 

I still remember the time when she encouraged me 
to climb into the life raft during our ditching 
training in Nassau. Had Fifi not been that decisive,
I would still be floating around scared to death of 
the water. Fifi always tried to find a solution to 
please all of us.
 
It is with great sadness that I say "Goodbye Fifi".
 
My condolences to her family.
 
Georgette, Bob and family, Luxembourg





Fifi in our hearts

SOPHIA VAN´T HOF V D HEUVEL - LIMBRICHT HOLLAND This is very sad news. I so hoped we would meet Fifi in Luxembourg for the September 2008 reunion. My deepest condolences to her family. Fifi was always very kind to me, she was a formidable boss! May she rest in peace.


Air Bahama graduation
Eva Thiberg Jacobs receives
her diploma from chief
stewardess Fifi Labine.

Fifi in our hearts

EVA THIBERG JACOBS, GOTHENBURG SWEDEN What a shock to hear about Fifi´s demise. Fifi meant a lot to me since she was my supervisor during training to become a flight attendant with Air Bahama. This dates back to 1970, but like with all good memories, it seems only yesterday. There is an end to all, but why this quick, why can´t life be a little longer, why can´t a sweet person like Fifi stay some more. Life is oh so short. Dear Fifi, you are in pain no more. I will always keep the memory of you in my heart.



Fifi in our hearts

MARGIE TORRES, SOUTH FLORIDA I was so sad to hear of Fifi's passing. My sincere condolences to her family. Lucy and I spend some wonderful times with Fifi when we lived in Miami, we had lots of good times and laughs. She talked about her family very often and I hope and pray that her family will find peace in knowing that they were loved. I remember Fifi's sense of humor, her laugh, her willingness to always make time available to listen when you needed to talk to her. My Prayers will be for Fifi, may she rest in Peace.




TO FIFI


Fifi in our hearts

ADELA ADDERLEY OSTERLOH, NASSAU BAHAMAS I am truly saddened to hear about Fifi's passing. I can remember quite vividly her smile and how hard she worked, she was never idle. May her soul rest in peace and let light perpetual shine on her. Goodbye from Adela




TO FIFI FROM INTERNATIONAL AIR BAHAMA


Fifi in our hearts

IAN MORTEMORE, NASSAU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, BAHAMAS It is with great sadness to learn of the death of yet another member of the IAB family. Our condolences go out to Fifi's family and friends. The few of us remaining at NAS airport remember with fondness the days when Fifi would come over from Miami and spend time at NAS airport working with Gun Vidal, and getting the IAB F/A's ready for the 2030 departure to LUX. Having journeyed on her last 'flight' may Fifi now Rest in Peace. Fondest regards from Ian / Chris (at Delta) and the rest of the NAS airport staff




TO FIFI


Fifi in our hearts

DAVID STONE, COLUMBUS OHIO
My condolences to her family.




TO FIFI FROM INTERNATIONAL AIR BAHAMA


Fifi in our hearts

DIANE WILDGOOSE, FREEPORT, BAHAMAS I was so sorry to hear about Fifi´s death, my sincere condolences to her family.





LUXEMBOURG 1968
Chief stewardess Fifi Labine at International Air Bahama´s office at Luxembourg Findel AP, giving flight briefing to cabin crew Maddie Johnson Ledard, Eva Thelning Marco, Lena Granquist Wright and Gun Vidal in front.

TO FIFI FROM INTERNATIONAL AIR BAHAMA


Fifi in our hearts


LENA GRANQUIST WRIGHT, GENEVA SWITZERLAND I was so sorry to hear about Fifi, I had bought a card for her and never realized she was so seriously ill. I was so much anticipating to reunite with her at the next Air Bahama reunion in Luxembourg in September 2008, I never forgot what a great person she was with calmness and patience dealing with us wild girls at Air Bahama 1969! Rest in Peace dear Fifi from Lena



TO FIFI FROM INTRNATIONAL AIR BAHAMA


Fifi in our hearts

ENGELIEN VAN OORTMARSSEN, OSTENDE HOLLAND I am very sorry to hear that Fifi passed away on Nov. 3rd. The card with her address already on it is laying on my desk and I wanted to send it after my return from San Francisco where I flew to that day. For all of us she meant a lot. For every one in a special way. She started my career. She will always be in my mind, this great sweet woman with her beautiful smile! Love Engelina - Rest in Peace (After Air Bahama Engelien flies her 38th year with KLM and is going to retire in November.)


Air Bahama promotion
Nicole and Karen Fawkes Foxlunn
doing promotion for IAB /
Executive Jet Ohio, Geneva
Swizerland, 1968.

Fifi in our hearts

NICOLE KRETTELS BURNETT, UK AND LUXEMBOURG I am so very saddened to hear of Fifi´s last flight taken far too early. I shall always remember her kindness, encouragement, warmth and understanding but above all her wonderful great smile. She constantly was bombarded by us girls to assist in this or that and dealt with all our concerns with great aplomb! She was truly a special person and shall not be forgotten I trust, by anyone who had the good fortune to meet her. My condolences to her family, friends and extended family at the Medical Centre in Anaheim. Nicole Krettels Burnett (Luxembourg and UK)


TO FIFI

Fifi in our hearts
Overseas National Airways Condolences

TO FIFI FROM OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS


Fifi in our hearts

AMOS BLUM, MEMPHIS TN / FLORIDA Sad day to get this news, Fifi was an ONA stewardess with a good heart. Bless her.

Great photo of Fifi and 
Maureen Hanna Perincheef 
cranking emergency radio handle 
the famous Gibson Girl,
during ditch training at Holiday 
Inn Jamaica NY 1966

FAA check out flight
to Athens Greece July 1966



Photo courtesy Nettie Miller


PHOTO LEFT TO RIGHT: FAA official Tony Viglass, Fifi Labine, ONA´s Winnie Defieux, ONA chief stew Janet Irwin, Captain Chris Christensen, FAA official Bill Burks, Nettie Miller, Goran Wramback, Laurie Frattini and Marie Warberg.


Overseas National Airways


TO FIFI


Fifi in our hearts

JACK GOLD, PHOENIX AZ It is with sadness I hear that another member of our ONA has taken her last flight. May she Rest in Peace and her Memories live on. ONA flight attendant graduation / DC8 checkout in New York June 1966




TO FIFI


Fifi in our hearts

INGRID HINCKLEY, VIRGINIA / NEW YORK Deepest felt condolences for the family.




TO FIFI


Fifi in our hearts

BEN CONATSER, PERRIS VALLEY, CA Sorry to hear about Fifi. My condolences.


TO FIFI


Fifi in our hearts

JOANNE LOY, WALNUT CREEK CA It all went so fast and we know so little about the future. Rest In Peace. (Joanne Loy, Nettie Miller´s sister)




TO FIFI FROM OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS


Fifi in our hearts

DIMITRI PAVLOWITCH, MIAMI / ARUBA Sad news. May she rest in peace.




TO FIFI FROM OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS


Fifi in our hearts

LAURA SOLLA MACKIE, CA I was so saddened to hear of Fifi's passing. Always such a big, warm smile on her face. And that is how I remember her. One of ONA's firsts. Love from Laura




TO FIFI FROM OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS


Fifi in our hearts

ELLEN DECRESCENZO, NY I'm sorry to hear the sad news of the passing of Fifi. A loss of a member of the ONA family is always heart-felt. May her beautiful spirit float amongst the stars. She is in my prayers.



Tachikawa AFB -
Camh Ranh Bay Vietnam 1967

Layover at the 
Tachikawa Korakuen Hotel
Left to right Elisabeth, 
Margarita Ortiz, Johanna 
Heinrich, senior stew
Fifi & Bill Whitesell.
Fifi in our hearts
ELISABETH GYLLMAN STOCKHOLM SWEDEN
Great memories from Tachikawa AFB Tokio and Camh Ranh Bay Vietnam,
as well as the McGuire AFB - EDDF routine (twenty babybottles
heated up in burpbags filled with hot water!!) that always ended 
up in a bompapa beer hall in Frankfurt! 

Darling Fifi, Rest in Peace. A fun, sweet person,
a great friend. We will be missing you.

The Final Flight
© By Patty L. Hamon


I watched a shooting star
as it raced across the sky.
I was awestruck by it's beauty
in the darkness of the night.
Surrounding it like diamonds,
like tiny twinkling lights,
a million shining brothers
witnessing it's flight.
Sometimes in the evening
I will stand outside my door
and admire the peaceful heavens
and I'll glimpse a shooting star.
I'll wonder at it's glory
and the nature of all things,
at the silence of it's dying
and sweet sadness, it's death brings.
When the angels look down on us
as we go about our lives,
to them, a fleeting moment
like the shooting stars, we spy,
will our passing go unnoticed
into the darkest night?
Will we be a brilliant beacon,
like that star on it's last flight?
Lord, I want to shine that brightly
and like moths drawn to a flame,
bring others to Your mercy
and honor to Your name.
And when my days are finished
may You look upon my life
like a glorious shooting star
as I take my final flight. 

Boeing 707-320c N525EJ, 1969



Boeing 707-320c N525EJ, 1969




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