I was born in Grand Rapids, raised in Costa Mesa, Ca., and moved with my family back to Grand Rapids just in time for my senior year at Northview High School. After I graduated and was working as a receptionist/secretary, I got my first job singing. That job led to others. I got a spot with Jerry Reed on the Lowell Showboat and experienceed some memorable “Grand Ole Opry” road trips, as well as 10 years at the Homestead’s Gun Room.
I married John, the man of my dreams, in 1974 and, with God’s blessings had two beautiful daughters. During a surgery in 1990 I suffered one of those rare strokes. It left me totally paralyzed on my left side. I spent a lot of time regaining my mobility here at Mary Free Bed.
As therapy against depression, John encouraged me to renew my interest in calligraphy, which I learned from my grandfather. I have also started to paint, which is something I’ve always wanted to do! With the skill of my teacher, Mo Murphy, and the encouragement of my family, classmates and friends, I’ve finally gone from fear of failure to, “Wow! Did I do that?”
And I’m still singing!