I am a 65 year old widow living in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I was reared and have lived most of my married life here, was educated here, and graduated from BYU's Independent Study Program in 1983. I loved the experience and owe my awareness of writing to that very much appreciated program and to Don Norton who helped so much to clarify and expand any native ability.
Until a few years ago, I was a stay at home mother with a driving hunger for more education, formal or otherwise. I can never get enough reading.
A foray into private manufacturing, after decades of less-than-productive farming, led me and my husband into some treacherous financial waters and stress-filled years which eventually took such a toll on his health that he died of a massive stroke seven years ago. A greedy distributor of our patented machine had forced us to defend ourselves in a lengthy and frivolous lawsuit, lasting 3 years and designed to do us the most harm possible, which indeed it did. Although we prevailed, irreparable damage was done.
After my husband's death, with our son on a mission, two key employees embezzled from me, leaving me with debt that could not be covered by the sale of the business. Sizeable life insurance covered most, but not all of the remaining debt, necessitating a mortgage on my home. I now live on Social Security which does not even cover the mortgage, much less living expenses. Thus my entrance into the world of freelance writing.
All of the writing that I have done for the last few years has been without compensation, but a kind gentleman (actually a partner of the former greedy distributor--irony abounds) who found out about my straits, and the cause thereof, determined to help me out. He liked my writing for the local newspaper's Readers Advisory Board, and offered me a job writing for his company, Melaleuca Corporation.
I am the mother of three children, two living, who always wished for more. I am also a grandmother of four and a great-grandmother of one exceptional little girl, whom I tend on a nearly daily basis, making me alternately very young and very old.
I have served in the Church my entire life and in every auxiliary, ward and stake, and have taught seminary and Institute classes for many years. I love teaching and when recently released as Relief Society president, was called to serve as our ward's Temple Preparation Class teacher.
My husband and I were called to serve as officiators in the Idaho Falls Temple just months before he died, and I continue to serve there.
I am also the Community Specialist for the Greater Idaho Falls Public Affairs Council of the Church, a very busy and rewarding opportunity to reach out to our neighbors for more friendship and understanding, and for interfaith service to our community.
I chair our County Planning and Zoning Commission, and am also active politically in the Bonneville County Republican Party.