Last year, Amber Doe joined the Anne Taintor team. The rest of us at ATI had chosen heads from current designs for our business cards. Amber asked if she could use an old picture of her grandmother. I loved Amber’s card so much I asked if her grandmother would agree to become a Taintorette. She said yes!
Henrietta was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1925 to the late Edgar and Ethel Warrick, one of 11 siblings. Her lineage is the story of America. Henrietta’s maternal great-grandfather was the son of a Seminole Indian woman and a South Carolina plantation owner who helped slaves escape before the Civil War. Her great-grandfather founded a church on St. Helena Island, SC in 1880.
Due to the size of her family, Henrietta had the primary responsibility of caring for her younger siblings. After graduating from William Penn High School in 1943, she worked in the Bridal Shop at Gimbels Department Store, where she met her future husband Clarence Chase Jr. Originally, Henrietta had hoped to become a nurse or an undertaker, but she chose instead to devote herself to raising her two children, Clarence and Iris. Eventually she worked for 24 years as a school aide in the School District of Philadelphia.
Henrietta loves to dance! She belongs to many dancing clubs and societies, including more recently The Philadelphia Senior Center, where she took line dancing. She also attended Philadelphia Community College for computer classes. A devoted church member for many years, she was very active in Mt. Pisgah AME church for over 50 years.
Henrietta retired in 1990 after the death in the same year of her beloved husband. She started to travel, discovering one of her favorite destinations in the Hawaiian Islands. Her ultimate dream is to travel to Switzerland. Recently, after a challenging health year, Henrietta relocated to Tucson, AZ to live with her daughter Iris, and Iris’ husband and granddaughter. Henrietta is very adventurous and loves to try new foods; her favorites are macaroni and cheese, Japanese food, and anything and everything sweet.
We are honored to feature Henrietta and her two sisters Ethel Roberts Baylor and Janet Warrick Webster on my favorite new blank card:
In addition, Henrietta and her sister Janet Warrick Webster have each given us a magnet and a sticky note.
Thank you, ladies!