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Memorial held for woman who inspired 'Rosie the Riveter' image


Friends and family are remembering Naomi Parker Fraley, the woman who inspired the iconic “Rosie the Riveter" image.

Fraley died in January at her home in Longview, Washington.

Before she moved there, she worked in a factory at Alameda Naval Air Station during World War II.

A photographer happened to take several pictures of her, and those images became the inspiration for “Rosie the Riveter.”

Her son tells us Fraley was just as much of a hero as her counterpart.

"Mom didn't believe in the word can't. ‘We can do it,’ that was one of her mottos,” said Joe Blankenship. “She just told me ‘can't’ wasn't in her vocabulary, so I couldn't say 'mom I can't do it.'"

Fraley didn't realize she was the inspiration for "Rosie" until she saw the picture at a convention in 2009.

Dozens gathered for her memorial this weekend, which also featured an exhibit of artwork depicting her life.

<b>Family remembers real-life Rosie the Riveter.</b>

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