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Florence Signa, matriarch

Doe's Eat Place

Florence Signa was born in 1926 and grew up in the country just outside of Greenville. When she was a young girl, her family would travel to town, buy tamales from Doe’s, and eat them on the levee. Florence met her future husband, Frank “Jughead” Signa, Big Doe Signa’s brother, in 1947. After a few dates, she got a job frying potatoes at the restaurant, and for the next year, Frank courted her in the kitchen, through the open window that divided her potato-frying from his oyster shucking. In 1948, they married, and Florence has been a part of the place ever since. Frank passed away in 1988, just one year after his older brother Doe, but Aunt Florence is still at Doe’s Eat Place three nights a week, tossing salads and greeting the generations of customers who come for a steak and a hug.

Date of interview:
2005-09-15 00:00

Amy Evans

Amy Evans

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