My first cousin, 3 times removed, Grace Lee, was born in Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, 147 years ago, on 9 July 1873, to Albert Lewis an Lottie Denio Lee. It was shortly after her first birthday that her mother Lottie passed away on 8 December 1874. Her father, Albert, did not remarry until 1 May 1877 when he wed Alta Griffin. They provided two half siblings: Gertrude (1880) and Rex Ira (1886). Grace never married. Her death certificate, dated 14 April 1943, gives her age as 70 y, 9 m, 6 d; her status as single; her occupation as Housewife. Apparently, they had no way of defining a single woman’s occupation in retirement. Her brother, Rex was noted as the informant.
In the 1900 U.S. Population Census, Grace was noted as an Office Cashier. In 1920, living with her brother, Rex and his wife, she was noted as a Theater Cashier. By 1940, Grace and the widowed Rex are sharing a home in Birmingham.