March 27, 2014 | Vol. 117 -- No. 49

Life spent working for a living

Of Cabbages and Kings

"Flossie Dickey is 107 years old," somebody told me. About the same time someone else was singing "Happy Birthday" as Flossie attained the age of 108. If you want to catch up with Flossie you'd better hurry.

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Kris Bahr/Cheney Care Center
Flossie Dickey centered her life around work, starting at the age of 12 waiting tables at the restuarant her father was working at. Married at 15, Flossie continued to do various work to make a living. She is now 108 years old.

Flossie's father owned 20 acres on the far side of Priest River. That was Flossie's home until she was 7 years old. The family, including a younger brother and sister, then moved to Spokane.

Flossie took her report card along to show it to the teacher in Spokane. It was covered with the letter "P," indicating Flossie's work was perfect. She said her teacher didn't understand and wouldn...

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