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November 24, 2012

Christmas Tour of Homes will include former chairwoman's

PENDLETON, Ind. — As one of the founders of the Historic Fall Creek, Pendleton Settlement, Inc., Charlene Daugherty was not only highly involved in the annual Christmas Tour of Homes, but was chairwoman for many years. Since her passing in August, fellow members could not bear to stage the much-anticipated event without her presence. Instead they included her own home, one that means a great deal to the people of Pendleton, on the tour.

“This will be the first time she hasn’t been there in one way or another since it started,” said George Daugherty, her son, from his home in San Francisco. As producer and conductor for the award-winning and world-touring “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” and music director and principal conductor of the Ballet San Jose, he is a well-known figure in the community. “I think including her home is their way of honoring her.”

Even George admitted that his mother’s residence is not the typical offering at such an event. Not completely restored or of the style people often expect, her home is exactly as she left it a few months ago — although decorated for the Christmas season by Susan Markle and Sandy Butler.

“One of my goals is to restore it to how it was,” continued George. “People tend to gravitate toward older homes, but this post-war era of architecture was interesting in its own right. Sadly a lot of them are torn down because they are not appreciated in the same way as Victorian or Federal homes. It is important to appreciate that era.”

Charlene and her husband, George, had the home built in 1949 while they rented a house next door. On the phone her son, George, laughed as he recalled that they once had the opportunity to buy their rented house and the lot they built on for $12,000 and refused.

Charlene and her husband married in 1946 and he died in 1984.

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