In 1990, Harriet Dues, a stay-at-home mom of two children, decided to get a job and applied for the receptionist position at Stewart Title in Galveston.
When they asked her for a résumé, she said, “Well, I know how to entertain, give birthday parties, and I make a fabulous peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”
She got the job.
After advancing into Business Development, she was made branch manager in 2007. Today, Harriet Dues has racked up 26 years of employment and absolutely loves going to work every day, she said.
She and her husband of 40 years, Hal, enjoy hanging out on the back porch of their home on picturesque Dickinson Bayou and snagging an occasional boat ride when friends motor by. Moving around a lot as a child was stressful for Dues, whose dad worked for Union Carbide.
Because of all the shuffling around, Dues is firmly planted in Dickinson with no plans to ever leave, especially now that she’s about to become a grandmother. She calls her style timeless, and owes her knowledge of fashion to her mother. “She reminded me of Audrey Hepburn — short hair, huge brown eyes and very classic. The only thing I’m faddish about is shoes,” Dues said.
Here are a few of her favorite things:
1. Ceramic chefs: My husband used to be in the wine business and these were a part of his display. I asked him for one and ended up with about 10; these are my three favorites.
2. Throw pillow: It has all my colors — orange, red, green and blue. The color orange speaks to me because it’s cheerful, like the ixora flowers blooming in my front yard.
3. Tommy Bahama necklace: This is a recent gift from my sister-in-law. It’s nautical and goes right along with our lifestyle on the bayou.
4. Nine West shoes: I got these recently at Tanger Outlet. I’ll be wearing them all summer with various outfits.
5. Jessica Simpson swimsuit: I go to Panama City, Fla., twice a year to meet up with my two sisters, so I have a lot of swimsuits. I like this one the best that I bought at Macy’s.
6. Cosmetic bag: This was a gift from Joyce Fant at The House Company. The gals in the vintage bathing suits are cute and remind me of the coast.
7. Diaper bag: My first grandma gift that I got from Paul and Mickie Christian of Better Homes and Gardens-Tiki Island/Galveston. Inside were these two peas in a pod, since I’m having two grandbabies within two weeks of each other. My daughter is due in May and my son’s wife is due in June. I’m excited.
8. Fish décor: These are two of four that we have in our den. Fishing is a part of who we are.