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Her children grew up in Doris Horine's beauty salon

And 'her clientele was her extended family'

And 'her clientele was her extended family'

July 29, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail publishes "A Life Remembered." This continuing series takes a look back - through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others - at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Doris Virginia Horine, who died July 22 at the age of 76. Her obituary appeared in the July 24 editions of The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail.

Finding a name for her new beauty salon more than 50 years ago was a no-brainer for Doris Horine.

"Mom's maiden name was French, so she named it the Francais Beauty Salon," said her oldest daughter, Vickie Petricig.

Both Vickie and her sister, T9C McLucas, said they and their brother, Arlington Clayton Horine II, virtually grew up in the salon, which was connected to the family home via an enclosed porch in the 300 block of North Locust Street.


Doris died at her home July 22 at the age of 76.

At the age of 16, Doris graduated from Pope's School of Beauty Culture, which used to be on West Washington Street. She went to work as a beautician and never looked back.

"In 1999, mom marked her 50th year as a beautician, but she didn't retire ... hardly," Vickie said. "She was still doing hair for about two more years."

Through all of those years, Doris always found time to nurture her family while caring for her clientele, all under the same roof.

Sunday dinners always were special to the Horine family. Both Vickie and T9C said their mother would accept no excuse for missing that meal.

Another big event was the annual family vacation, which often was to a nearby beach resort or to Williamsburg, Va., or Florida. Doris' husband, Arlington C. Horine, died in 1989 just before one of those vacations.

"I was raised in the shop," T9C said. "My highchair and crib were both in the shop."

While Doris' only son was watched mostly by his maternal grandmother, Carrie French, in the Horine home, there is one picture in the family archives of a very young Arlington in the salon highchair.

"Mom was working on a customer and talking to our brother at the time that picture was taken," Vickie said.

Being in the salon gave all three of Doris' children the opportunity to see how she took care of her clients ... and not just their hair.

"Mom was very giving," T9C said. "If a customer didn't have the money, she would do their hair anyway."

Many of Doris' longtime clients attended the viewing and funeral, reminiscing with her children, whom they also had come to know through their early and adult years.

"They came in wheelchairs and walkers," Vickie said. "Her clientele was her extended family."

Vickie recalled an occasion when a client's husband died and Doris invited her to Thanksgiving dinner with the Horine family.

Both Vickie and T9C got their hair done at their mother's salon, especially during the holidays and for proms.

"She would go to shows to learn the new styles and then come home and try them out on us," T9C said.

Vickie got her beautician's license in 1969 from the West Virginia College of Beauty Culture in Martinsburg, W.Va.

"I worked with mom in her salon for 32 years," she said.

For five years, Vickie also operated the Family Gift House in the other half of the Horines' duplex, where Doris' mother-in-law, Laura Horine, had lived.

"Mom kept my kids in the salon then, too, when I was working," she said.

Vickie, who lives just two doors up the street from the family home and salon, isn't working in either business now.

When Doris wasn't caring for her family and her clients, she was active in her church, where she sang in the Bethel Assembly of God choir.

The Rev. Robert V. Robinson, pastor of Doris' childhood church - Calvary Temple in Williamsport - spoke at her funeral about Doris and the entire French family, whom he knew very well.

"Mom came from a big family - there were 13 of them," Vickie said. "They loved to get together and sing and tell stories."

Doris had three grandchildren, who called her "grandma," and five great-grandchildren, who called her "nanny."

Vickie said one more great-grandchild is expected in September - the first who won't have the pleasure of knowing "nanny" personally.

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