Like Loretta Lynn, she was a coal miner’s daughter. Flossie Irene was born the fourth daughter of Edward E. Dow and Viola Bell Bennett on 7 September 1891 in Coalton, Jackson County, Ohio.
Flossie and her family moved from Ohio to Saginaw, Michigan, at least by the time she was in fourth grade. She had perfect attendance in the fourth grade at the Otto Roeser School and sixth grade at John Moore School. She loved reading very much all her life, and even read a few of the Harvard Classics.
She played the piano, and I know of at least two jobs she held as a young adult – waitress in a hotel in Saginaw, and film editor for a movie studio in Jacksonville, Florida (before the days of Hollywood)
I asked my daddy to tell me some character traits he would use to describe his mother. I created the acrostic below based on his comments.
F – fun-loving
L – liked by all
O – hOspitable – sorry, I couldn’t think of an O word
S – spunky
S – servant-hearted
I – intelligent
E – enjoyed a challenge in puzzles and contests