Ina’s Beauty Boutique was a regular appointment for ladies in Kansas City and beyond, a tiny shop where the mighty Ina Knox did hair for nearly 40 years.
Her eight children knew papa was a rolling stone, daughter Toni Gayle remembers, but Knox made sure the kids didn’t feel their father’s absence. Gayle describes her mother as “a bear.”
“She has that spirit of a bear, that endurance, you know? That keep-on-pushing,” Gayle said. “My mom’s been through a lot in her life.”
She’s still going through a lot.