LouAnn Alexander was a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines for 34 years and loved it, according to her daughter Layne Salvo.
"She looked forward to every trip," Salvo told ABC News. "She loved being able to encounter all the passengers."
Alexander was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February of this year, according to Salvo. She died Monday, exactly eight weeks after her diagnosis.
Her brother, Rex Ridenoure, wrote that the disease progressed quickly and she soon became too ill to fly. He wrote a moving post about turning his business trip on a Southwest flight last month into an impromptu "last flight" for his sister.
"I asked a flight attendant two seats away who was also waiting to board whether there might be some of those little plastic Southwest Airlines wings on the plane,” he wrote.
“'Yes,' she said. 'What do you plan to do with the wings?'”
“'Well,' I replied, 'my sister is one of you -- a Southwest flight attendant -- and she's very, very ill. I'll be seeing her very soon and thought that bringing her a few pair of wings from me and the crew might help her feel better. She never got a chance to say goodbye to the flying she loved so much.'"
The flight attendant knew his sister, Ridenoure said, and after he was on board he was allowed to say a few words about her.
"I was allowed to stand up at the head of the aisle under a spotlight and, using the intercom phone briefly summarize who I was, who you were LouAnn, your desire since a little girl to be a flight attendant, your SWA flying career, what transpired during the previous 6 weeks or so, etc.," he wrote.