Atchison, KS- Bethany Lynn Root, 34, of Atchison, Ks. passed away in a plane crash on July 16, 2017. Bethany was born April 8, 1983 in Warren. A graduate of Maplewood High School and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, she was a brilliant student and actively involved in student organizations and athletics.
After an entrepreneurial run at a custom motorcycle shop in Indianapolis and teaching special education at an inner city charter school, Bethany discovered her passion for aviation with friends in St. Joseph, Mo., and trained to become one of a small handful of female agricultural pilots (crop dusters). Bethany became manager of the Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison, Ks., where she dreamed to restore vitality in not only the airport, but also given honor to its namesake through air shows, fly-ins, and special events. There were no places Bethany enjoyed being more than in the skies and around friends at airport hangers. She hoped to inspire and empower future generations of girls and women to become aviators by serving as a role model, mentor, and educator to let nothing stand in their way of taking flight.
Memorial Fund to support education, training, and initiatives for girls and women interested in aviation. Contributions may be made at RootFund.org