EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — On Saturday morning, Estine Davis, better known as ‘Miss Estine,’ could be seen cutting hair in her barbershop located at 106 N. Piedras Street.
Even though it was her birthday, she was hard at work cutting hair, just like she has been for the past 69 years in El Paso. Estine told KTSM 9 News she has no plans to retire.
“A lot of them say, ‘when she gonna stop working, when you gonna stop doing this?’ Oh brother. Nah,” said Davis.
Davis turned 88 on Saturday and said working is what keeps her healthy.
“It keeps you healthy, you don’t complain when you work,” said Davis. “You see all these people retired and all they’re doing is complaining.”
Davis took a break to walk outside on Saturday as cars started lining up outside of her barbershop.
“I haven’t seen ya’ll in a long time,” said Davis as she waved to her friends passing by.
You could see Davis blowing kisses and waving as her friends dropped off gifts and wished her a happy birthday. No one was surprised that she still had a client in her chair and that she ran back inside to finish the haircut.
“That’s Miss Estine, you know that’s her, she’s gonna just continue to do what she loves doing. So that doesn’t surprise me,” said Gwendolyn Kennedy, a longtime friend of Davis.
Davis told KTSM this was one of her best birthday’s yet.
“When I had a party and I was five years old, I had a dog and my little puppy ate up all the ice cream from all of us,” said Davis. “I thought that was the best, but this was wonderful. This was magnificent. This was glorious.”
Davis began cutting hair at Fort Bliss in 1951 and took over the barbershop on Piedras back in the 1960s. She hasn’t stopped working since.
“What difference does it make of keeping track of how long I’ve been working?” asked Davis. “The only thing I’m keeping track of is ow long I’ve been living.”