Born in Fargo, North Dakota, in 1940. Enlisted in U.S. Army Women’s Army Corps in 1961, served on active duty until 1964, in U.S. Army Reserve until 1968 when she was denied reenlistment due to asthma. A resident of Arizona since 1996, she continues to serve a myriad of organizations such as Ronald McDonald House; Hope’s Closet, a battered women’s shelter; her homeowner’s association; her Church; the American Legion; and the Women In Military Service For America (WIMSA). As Editor of The Saguaro Sun, played a major role in the establishment of the U.S. Vets Program, a transitional housing program for homeless veterans. Served 2000-02 as National President of the Women’s Army Corps Veterans’ Association (WACVA), the only women veteran’s organization that is federally chartered by the United States Congress. WACVA emphasizes VA hospital volunteer work and community service in the local, state, national and international communities.