Flora Marion Allison Picklesimer

Miss Flora Marion Allison, 1930 Junior year, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC (not in 1931 YBK)

Flora Marion Allison was not hard to find in the records. She has been well researched and I found her on several public trees on different genealogy platforms (Ancestry public tree, MyHeritage public tree, FamilySearch public tree). Which makes me hopeful that perhaps I will be able to return the photo to a genealogy-appreciating relative of hers. Keep your fingers crossed that I’ll succeed!

Flora Marion Allison was born on September 9, 1908, in Transylvania, North Carolina to parents Madison Hugh Lee “Bud” Allison and Florida Lenora née Shipman.

Flora was the second youngest of the Allison siblings. In addition to Flora, there were Ernest Carl (1892-1972), Ethel Irene (1893-1972), Ellen Adelia (1897-1981), Madison Hugh Lee (1901-1996), Bessie Adeline (1903-1932) and Dorothy Lenora (1918-2000).

In 1930 Flora was indeed studying as a junior at the Meredith College.

I have also found a yearbook photo of her from the year before when she was studying at Mars Hill College. The photo in my possession seems to have been from the same photo shoot.

In the 1929 yearbook Flora was described as a joyful, faithful, reliable and diligent person, always looking out for others and always having noble aspirations. Isn’t that beautiful when people describe you with such positive adjectives!

Flora married Newton Wilson Picklesimer (1901-1985) on August 12, 1937. A photo has been published of Newton on findagrave.com.

The couple had 3 children: son Larry and daughters Jean Allison later Young and Nancy Allison later Elkins. The Christmas of 1961 was a sad one in Flora’s life. She lost her 21-year-old son Larry (1940-1961) in a fatal car accident just days before Christmas.

Flora lived a long life, she passed away on September 1, 2004, at 95 years of age! During her long life she raised a family, buried a child, buried her husband, worked as a teacher, actively engaged in church and her community, She was buried at the Little River Baptist Church Cemetery in Penrose, Transylvania, NC. The obituary also names all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Perhaps I’ll be able to make contact with any of them and return this photo.

I have added Flora’s photo to FindaGrave and FamilySearch.

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