Mardelle E. Hinners, a Mar Vista resident for over 40 years who formerly served as an American Airlines flight attendant for over 30 years, passed away April 28 after a short illness. She was 94.

She was hired by American Airlines in the 1940s as one of the company’s first 1,000 employees, friends said. Hinners often flew to Europe on international flights out of New York and retired from American Airlines in the 1970s.

She had a great interest in fine art, politics, investing and current events. Hinners remained an active member of the Mar Vista community that she loved so much up until her recent illness, friends said.

She was born in the rural town of Meredosia, Ill. and soon after her family moved to Chambersburg, Ill. Hinners graduated from Chambersburg High School and later graduated from the Peoria Methodist Hospital School of Nursing.

She is survived by one brother, Arthur H. Hinners, Jr. of Brenham, TX, and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no formal visitation. A memorial service is scheduled at noon Saturday, May 21 at the Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City. All are welcome to attend.