University professor, home economist, television hostess. Born– October 21, 1918, Morgantown, W.Va. Parents–Emil and Philomena Purificato Ferrara. Married– Robert Y. Cannon, June 10, 1948. Children– Three. Education– West Virginia University, B.A., 1940; University of Wisconsin, M.S., 1944, postgraduate work, 1944-1948. High school home economics teacher in Osage, W.Va., 1941-1944; nutrition researcher in the School of Home Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1944-1948; assistant professor in the School of Home Economics, Auburn University, 1948-1970; home economics specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, 1970-1984. Associate producer and hostess of “Today’s Home,” on Alabama Public Television from Auburn beginning in 1955; the longest-running home show on public television. Author of food columns in several newspapers.  Member of Dean’s Advisory Board, Auburn University College of Human Sciences. Member American Home Economics Association, International Platform Association, American Women in Radio and TV, Women in Communications. With her husband, winner of the Eagle Award for community service, awarded by the City of Auburn and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. Died May 9, 2014.


Marquis Who’s Who online; obituary

Jacque Kochak,  ”A Culinary Luminary,” The Auburn Villager, December 29,2010.


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Quick and Easy Recipes.  Birmingham,; Southern Living, 1981.

Recipes by Lee.  Auburn, AL., 1965.

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