Doris Alene Crow Horn

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Born March 11, 1930 in Lincoln, Alabama, Doris Alene Crow moved to Clay County in 1949 when she married Vance Alton Griffin who died in 1974. Eleven years later, she married Wallace Allen Horn who passed away in 1992. Doris attended the Sylacauga Hospital School of Nursing after the youngest of hers and Vance's five children started elementary school. After graduating in 1967, and for the next twenty years, she served as a full time registered nurse at Clay County Hospital until her retirement in 1987. Her service included staff nurse, twelve years as Operating Room Supervisor, and six years before retirement as the Director of Nursing. In her resignation letter to the Clay County Hospital Administrator in 1987, Doris wrote, "Over the years, I developed strong, loyal, feelings for the hospital and its staff who are like family to me. I will continue to love, remain loyal to, and support Clay County Hospital." Indeed, for the decade that followed her retirement, Doris remained true to these words. Notably, after her second husband died, she served the hospital as a part time nurse filling voids with "on call" duty and selflessly volunteering for many night, weekend, and holiday shifts to allow other nurses to be with their families. Across the years, she cried and prayed with so many families in distress. An active member of Springhill Baptist Church where she taught in Sunday School, Doris was also active in various state, regional, and county organizations and activities. These included the Alabama League for Nursing, the Carey Baptist Association, the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Clay County Historical Society. Assisted by her second husband, Wallace Horn, Doris explored family genealogy dating back hundreds of years. She and Wallace also conducted extensive research that resulted in separate articles on geography and religion appearing in A History of Clay County. Reading, family, and flowers were Doris's life-long passions. While her home library hosted two thousand books, she loved no book more than her Bible. Advising that you only need to read "three chapters a day and five chapters on Sunday," Doris read her King James front to back for the last 22 years until she could no longer do so. After her parents died, Doris started a yearly Crow Christmas Party tradition that continues today after 34 years. Her support for and participation in annual Memorial Day weekend Griffin Family Reunions help catapult them to a 33rd occurrence this year. Her year-round greenhouse complemented seasonal flowers that Doris grew and arranged for church, special events such as parties and weddings, and for loved ones' graves. In the wild, when others saw a weed, Doris saw a flower. Doris is survived by three children-her son, Terry Griffin of Madison, Alabama and two daughters, Darlene Smith of Lincoln, Alabama, and Merry Crook of Jacksonville, Alabama-and by 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Her burial is at Springhill Baptist Church in her beloved Clay County.
Published in The Anniston Star on Nov. 7, 2017
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