September 21, 1922 ~ July 1, 1992
Webpage created by Mickey Ray-Pfleger, her son.
Additional photos were added by Georgina Turner, her daughter.
I NEED YOU SO
This was one of Mom's favorite songs that she used to love to sing years ago!
To hear my version, click on the disks and watch the slide show!
My sister remembers another Favorite Song of my mom's that she used to sing.
It was called,
"I'm Tying the Leaves So They Won't Fall Down"
I found an old radiocast recording by
Bryon G. Harlan
Right click the tree to hear, "I'm Tying the Leaves So They Won't Fall Down"
In 1912, just five years later, a silent movie was made with this song being its influence.
The movie is 11 and 1/2 minutes long and you can view it by right clicking on the image below.
Click on the thumbnail to see larger image!
Mom, Gina, Roy, Mickey - Sheepshead Bay, NY
Roy, Mom and Gina
Mickey, Mom, Gene Chiusano - Central Islip, NY
Mickey and Mom - Norwich, NY
Mom visits Drew and I in Kansas City, MO - 1982
Mom in Lake Gerry, Oxford, NY
Drew and I visit Mom in Lake Gerry, Oxford, NY
Mom at Gina a Mike's Wedding
Click to see Mom's Memorial Obituary
Here’s a list of a few more things about Mom not in her obituary.
She was a dancer in her youth and went under the name of Dixie Dare.
Mom loved to sing!
She worked as a waitress and cook at Glenn and Marie's Seafood Restaurant in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY
She worked for years as a riveter at the Republic Aviation plant at Farmingdale, NY.
She was a barmaid for years at the Two Village Inn in Ronkonkoma, NY.
She worked at Viewlex and Bennett Ireland Manufacturing. in Norwich, NY
She had her own, small business at Lake Gerry in Oxford, NY, called, Lil’s Snack Shack.
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April 9th, 1936 - September 30th, 1989
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What do you remember about the 50s??? What have your parents told you????