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Rose Will Monroe
Birth: Mar. 12, 1920
Pulaski County
Kentucky, USA
Death: May 31, 1997
Clark County
Indiana, USA

American Folk Figure. She was the original "Rosie the Riveter" -a Kentucky native who as a young widow, rearing two daughters, went to work building B-29 bombers at Ford's Willow Run Aircraft Factory in Michigan. Rose became the live personification of the already created fictional "Rosie the Riveter" poster girl and the Kay Kyser song "Rosie the Riveter". She was noticed by Walter Pidgeon during a bond drive to the Ypsilanti, Michigan plant and was asked to appear in a promotional film for purchasing war bonds. It was shown in theaters between features to encourage viewers to buy bonds. Her fame was brief and she never capitalized on the role. After the war she continued working in jobs usually held by men. Rose drove a cab, operated a beauty shop and founded Rose Builders, her own construction company. At the age of 50, she realized her dream of flying and obtained a pilots license which almost was her dimise. In 1978, she crashed in her small propeller plane during takeoff which resulted in a near death situation leaving her impared. However, she died peacefully at her home in Clarksville, Indiana at the age of 77. (bio by: Paul S.) 
Family links: 
  Walter G. Leigh (1887 - 1971)
  Minnie Alice Calder Leigh (1892 - 1990)
  Clarence H. Abbott (1916 - 1946)
  Clifford F. Monroe (1925 - 1996)*
  Troy Abbott Leigh Will (1940 - 1983)*
  Lela M. Leigh Stiers (1913 - 2013)*
  Flonnie Marie Leigh Cope (1917 - 2000)*
  Rose Will Monroe (1920 - 1997)
  Earl Leroy Leigh (1927 - 1991)*
*Calculated relationship
Abundant Life Cemetery
New Albany
Floyd County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Family
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Apr 15, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7357215
Rose Will Monroe
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- Janis•E
 Added: Mar. 13, 2017
Remembering you today. May you rest in peace and may God richly bless you.
- Jeffrey Maksymowski
 Added: Mar. 12, 2017

- sjm
 Added: Mar. 12, 2017
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