Tuel Jewelers owner dies
C-VILLE Weekly Monday, January 08, 2018 at 3:10 p.m.
Frances Elizabeth Gibson Loose, who bought Tuel Jewelers in 1975 and who worked in the store for 65 years, passed away January 5 at age 86.
She was a familiar sight on the Downtown Mall, always professionally dressed for work, even in recent years, when her daughter Mary Loose DeViney pushed her to the store in a wheelchair after Parkinson’s disease prevented her from walking. Loose continued to go to work up until a week before she died.
When she bought Tuel, Loose was the only female business owner downtown, and DeViney says her mother told another woman in a mostly male field, “I’m going to do it my way and you will, too.”
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