Three days a week, Marion C. Stout, 92, works at Todd D’Paul Hair Stylists in Ventnor. She has been a stylist there for 40 years, but that is only about half of her career.

“I’ve been doing this since I was 17 years old, and I’m not tired of it,” said Stout, who grew up in Atlantic City as Marion Conover and lives in Brigantine. She keeps up with new styles, coloring techniques and products, she said.

“Some of the people I have, I’ve had for 40 to 45 years,” she said. “My clients don’t leave me because they don’t like me, they leave because they die or leave the area.”

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She has no serious physical problems, for which she credits good genes and trying to live right. She briefly took up smoking in her 50s, in a self-destructive period, she said, after being disappointed in a relationship. But she gave up the habit after a short time.

Her husband, Royce J. Stout Jr., died in 1972; and three years ago, her son and only child, Royce J. Stout III, died of ALS in Pennsylvania at age 63. Most of her friends from youth are gone, but she has a great relationship with her daughter-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she said.

“I still have a lot of friends — younger of course. Most everybody is younger,” she said.

She sings in the church choir at Community Presbyterian Church in Brigantine, and she still takes vocal lessons from Tony DeLuca of Absecon.

“I have never stopped singing. If you stop, you lose it,” she said.

O.C. leader gets award

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce President Brian Broadley recently received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Seven Seals Award for Outstanding Support of Guardsman.

The owner of Broadley’s Mechanical Contracting of Somers Point made it possible for special project administrator Emil Martinelli, of Egg Habor Township, to go on active deployment and do routine time commitments to the National Guard for 10 years after the World Trade Center attacks, without fear of losing his job, the ESGR said.

Martinelli plans to mentor a National Guard or Reservist through employment at Broadley’s, which listed the career position on the ESGR’s employment website,

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