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Internet sensation and whiskey lover Flossie Dickey dies at 110

Flossie Dickey celebrates her 110th birthday at the Cheney Care Center on Feb. 15, 2016 with her granddaughter, Jerry Carver, left, and great-granddaughter Sarah Williamson. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review) (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Flossie Dickey celebrates her 110th birthday at the Cheney Care Center on Feb. 15, 2016 with her granddaughter, Jerry Carver, left, and great-granddaughter Sarah Williamson. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review) (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Supercentenarian Flossie Dickey, who rose to internet fame earlier this year after an interview on “Good Morning Spokane,” died Wednesday night at 110.

Her great-granddaughter, Sarah Williamson, posted news of Dickey’s Thanksgiving Eve death on a Facebook fan page.

“I can’t thank all of you sweet people enough for making my Grams so well loved,” Williamson wrote. “To me she was one bad ass that I can only hope to some day be. I know that tomorrow I will be toasting to Flossie with whiskey, eating my pumpkin pie and taking a nap!”

At her birthday party earlier this year, relatives said she was known for her “smart-aleck” sense of humor and love of whiskey and naps.

Dickey was born in 1906 in Yoncalla, Oregon, and traveled by train with her parents and sister when she was 3 or 4 to settle land in Thama, Idaho, along the Pend Oreille River between Priest River and Sandpoint. She spent her childhood years working on her family’s farm.

At 15, she married her husband, Roy, and worked the ranch with him until his death in 1971. She later moved in with her daughter, Rita, in Airway Heights, then came to the Cheney Care Center in 2011.

Dickey’s morning TV interview, in which she gave mostly single-word answers without cracking a smile, went viral. Jimmy Fallon played the clip on “The Tonight Show,” laughing as Dickey responded “not one bit” when asked if she was looking forward to her birthday party. “Saturday Night Live” also parodied the interview.

Her Facebook fan page had over 200 members as of Thursday morning.

Dickey was the oldest woman in Spokane County at the time of her death, according to staff at the Cheney center.

Her great-granddaughter Amanda Carver Blodgett wrote on Facebook, “Great Grandma you were the best! So thankful that my daughter had the chance to know you. You touched everyone’s life you met in the 110 years you were here.”

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