Editor: My wholehearted thanks for the special article (“Local author pens true tales of flight,” Eastern Arizona Courier, Aug. 30, 2017) about the book, “Cropduster’s Wife.”

Mr. David Sowders was thoughtful and sensitive as we discussed this book about my legendary husband, Chuck Stutesman. I was so glad to share the dangers and miracles that occurred right here in the Gila Valley, and the wonderful farmers whom we served. There were many things that happened in the air that just a few  knew about. I believed now was the time to share.

Chuck was a famous pilot — sought after for advice from around the world. But  he always described himself as a service man. He was honored to serve the farmers in this Valley. Chuck was always willing to help others. He looked for lost cattle for ranchers and, on occasion, a lost child was saved by his heroic efforts.

He was in the Air Force and served in Korea. He was one of the men who fought for the country they love. Then they rolled up their sleeves to work hard. They make this area beautiful and productive. I am honored to be part of this great Valley and the kind people who live here. We who call this Valley home are truly blessed.

Thank you for allowing me to share.

Suzanne Smith, R.N.

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