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June 22, 2014

Founder's Day Queen ready for the crown

DUNCAN — Dovie Gleghorn has been told she will need to give a speech on Saturday when she is crowned this year’s Duncan Founder’s Day queen.

 “I’ve had a long, enjoyable life. They want a short speech but I can’t make it short,” the 92-year-old said the other day, seated in her comfortable living room that looks out on the garden she tends.

  Gleghorn is a realist. She figures she was chosen this year’s queen because of her age. After all, the minimum age to qualify is 85, so the field is narrow to begin with.

    When two women showed up to deliver a letter informing her of the honor a few weeks ago, she didn’t let on that a friend of hers had tipped her to what was coming.

   “I tried to act surprised,” she said, smiling.

    Gleghorn, who has outlived two husbands and now lives alone, gives the impression of being a bit amused at the recognition she has been receiving as word leaked out of her impending coronation.

    The bulletin at West Side Christian Church published her photo and the news and she’s been getting some telephone calls.

    She grew up in the country near Corsicana, Texas, one of eight kids born to a cotton farmer and his wife.

    The first house she lived in that had light bulbs were powered with Delco batteries.

     During the Depression, she worked two weeks a month for the National Youth Administration, a federal government program that gave poor teenagers work  to get through the tough times.

    Her first husband, David Watters, brought her to Duncan around 1948.

    “I don’t think there were any paved streets when I came,” she said.

     They lived in a two-bedroom on G Street, both worked at Halliburton and they had a son and daughter.

    She remarried D.T. Gleghorn in 1966 after her first husband died.

     Her mother named her Dovie after a teacher she liked, she said, and her father taught her life lessons.

     “He taught us to work and be honest and I appreciated it so much,” she said.

      For the last 20 years, Gleghorn said she has exercised regularly. Before bedtime, she lies on the floor and does stretching exercises. She also lifts some light weights.

    Then, for a time, she’ll just lie on the floor with her feet elevated on the seat of a chair. She read somewhere that’s good for you.

    “I take care of myself,” she said.

    The crowning of the Founder’s Day queen takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Antique Marketplace and Tearoom on Main Street.

     Other activities that day will include:

n Founder’s Day 5K/1 Mile Benefit Run. Both start and end at Fuqua Park. Fun Run starts at 7:30 a.m.; 5K starts at 8 a.m.

n The Antique Tractor Parade and Show. Tractors arrive at 9 a.m. The parade route will proceed down Walnut from 12th to 7th Street at 9:30 a.m. The tractors later will parked at various spots around downtown and the tractor awards ceremony will be at noon.

n The Marlow Gunfighters will perform in the parking lot at 9th and Walnut at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

n Stephens County Historical Homes Tour from 1 to 4 p.m. The Foreman Prairie House will conduct tours and serve refreshments from noon until 4 p.m.

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