LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Local noted historian and author Nola Mae Ross has died.
Ross was known for her research and writings of Southwest Louisiana's history and people.
A Southwest Louisiana native, she authored 28 books about Louisiana, chronicling the history of hurricanes, including Hurricanes Audrey and Rita. She also wrote about local homes, crimes and more.
She was a champion for many local causes and received many awards for her civic involvement.
She was also a pilot and earned her commercial license at the age of 22.
Ross, 87, died Monday. Her arrangements are being handled through Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles.