Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon
1912 - Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon or Sarah Colley, born on the 25th of October in Centerville, Tennessee in Hickman County, Tennessee about 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Nashville. She was a country comedian who, along with friend Roy Acuff.
1939 - Her first performance onstage as Minnie Pearl was in Aiken, South Carolina.
1940 - Her first Grand Old Opry appearance was on the radio show, followed by 27 years of touring.
1985 - She was diagnosed with cancer, and recovered after a double mastectomy.
1991 - A mild stroke in June forced her to give up performing.
1996 - Her death at the age of 83 on the 4th of March was brought on by complications due to a stroke. She is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Franklin, Tennessee.
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