A Mississippi Delta legend has passed away.
Florence Strazi Signa, affectionately known by many across the state as “Aunt Flo,” spent over seven decades working at the original Doe’s Eat Place in Greenville. She passed away on Christmas day at the age of 96, according to a social media post from the family.
“She was a testament to living a life of Christ and His Church. A dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, Aunt Florence’s legacy will live every day inside these walls,” a portion of the post reads. “Not a day will go by that we don’t miss her. We love you, Aunt Florence!”
Florence started her career at Doe’s Eat Place during her first date with future husband Frank “Jughead” Signa, brother of “Big Doe.” The restaurant was shorthanded that night, and both Florence and Frank had to jump in and help. Florence made the salads and Frank shucked the oysters. They later married and dedicated themselves to the restaurant.
“It didn’t matter if you were a famous politician, a glamorous movie star, or an ordinary person, she greeted every customer with a smile and a hug,” the post continues. “If you came to Doe’s when Aunt Florence was working, you left there part of the Doe’s family.”
Visitation and mass in honor of Aunt Flo will be held at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Greenville from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29. A graveside service will take place afterward with a reception at the Jewish Temple following.