Dixie Hall, Songwriter and Wife of Tom T. Hall, Dead at 80.
"Born Iris Violet May Lawrence, Mrs. Hall was raised in England's West Midlands, near Manchester. Early on, she sought outside influences, winning a BBC poetry contest with a verse about Canada. She often watched cowboy movies, and rode horses herself. "When I was 10, I wrote a poem about the west, and I submitted it to a program called "Children's Hour" on the BBC," Mrs. Hall said in a 2013 interview with "The Tennessean." "They had a poetry contest, and I won it and got to go to London to read the poem on the radio. That kind of triggered it for me."