Sunday, February 21, 2021
Maureen O'Donnell, obituary writer for The Chicago Sun-Times and the former president of The Society of Professional Obituary Writers, is one such reporter and her obit of Florence Jones-Smith is a must-read.
Let me entice you with her lede:
Florence Jones-Smith grew up the 13th of 15 children in Crawfordsville, Arkansas, and she kept a wisp of cotton in a glass jar to remind herself she never wanted to go back.
“This represents the first and last cotton I ever picked,” she’d say.
Click here to read the rest of Florence's fascinating life story.