Doris A. Stricklin, a homemaker and horse racing fan, died Sunday of a stroke at Dulaney-Towson Health Care Center. She was 80.
She was born and grew up on her father's farm in Hampstead, where she developed a lifelong interest in horses.
"Oh my, she loved to ride horses," said her childhood sweetheart and husband, G. Frank Stricklin, who retired in 1983 as president, publisher and managing editor of the Jeffersonian, a Baltimore County weekly newspaper. They were married in 1937.
"During the 1940s, I started the Hampstead Hunt Club with a few friends of mine and she loved riding to the hounds right along with the boys," Mr. Stricklin said.
"She was a great handicapper and we've been to every track from Saratoga to Hialeah," he added. "She went to the various
tracks and got to know the owners, trainers and local horse players, whom I referred to as her horse-playing buddies.
"Even though she had been in a wheelchair for some time, she still sent her bets down to the track."
At her funeral, the Rev. John M. Smaligo of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Hampstead, said, "If there was a horse race tomorrow at 10 a.m., Dottie would be on her way."
The former Doris Singer attended Carroll County schools and the Hannah More Academy in Reisterstown. She continued her education at Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she studied piano. During World War II, she served as an airplane spotter near her Glyndon home.
She enjoyed playing classical music and reading.
In addition to her husband, survivors include a sister, Louise "Bertie" Armacost of Hampstead.
Graveside services were held Thursday.