Commonwealth Journal

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April 1, 2014

A Daughter's Reflections

Vickie Croston, daughter of the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” of World War II, is a dental hygienist in Conroe, Texas and a pilot like her famous mother.
 “I have my commercial license but I don’t fly for a living,” laughed Croston during an interview with the Commonwealth Journal.
  Croston was born in Louisville in 1954 after her mother, Rose Will Monroe, a native of Science Hill, gained fame as “Rosie the Riveter” in a Hollywood-produced movie to encourage women to enter the workforce during World War II. Monroe was a poster girl for war bonds during the global conflict.
  Monroe had three children: Connie and Troy by her first husband who died in a car accident “ ... somewhere in the Pulaski County area,” according to Croston. Her two siblings are deceased, she said.
  “Mother remarried and I was born in Louisville in 1954,” said Croston.
  Monroe had a passion for flying. After the war, when she was in her 50s, she became a pilot. A plane crash in 1978 severely injured her kidneys and she died 19 years later “ ... after dialysis took its toll,” her daughter said.
  Monroe was the daughter of Walter and Minnie Leigh. “I don’t have any close relatives there, but a lot of Leighs still live in Pulaski County,” she noted.
  “I was down there a couple of years ago,”said Croston. She said she stopped at a Hardees (restaurant) and tried to figure out the location of her grandparents’ home. “A lot of people knew them,” she noted.
  “There is a stretch of Highway 1247 dedicated to mother,” Croston reminded. “There is a big green sign there,” she said.
  Mayor Bill Dick of Science Hill said the Science HIll City Commission didn’t dedicate the road to Monroe. “I don’t really know who did it,” said Dick. “That part of Ky. 1247, beginning off U.S. 27 near D & D Shell, wasn’t in Science Hill at the time it was done,” Dick noted.
  A graduate of the University of Louisville, Croston as a child lived in Southern Indiana. She now lives in Texas and has been a dental hygienist for 39 years.
  “As a child, I was down there (Science Hill) a lot,” she said.

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