I am the grateful wife, mother, sister, niece, daughter, and granddaughter of proud US veterans representing all branches of the military. My extended family has been represented in most major wars and conflicts since the Revolutionary War, and I have always felt indebted to them. I have desired a way to express my gratitude for their commitment and sacrifices.
After prematurely retiring from my life’s work as an educator and school and district administrator due to leukemia five years ago, I found myself creating a “new life.”
Shortly after I received my stem cell transplant that freed me from leukemia and chemotherapy, I was privileged to find an exemplary, local quilt shop (The Cotton Blossom Fabric Shoppe) and join a local quilt guild (Jackson Quilters) that enthusiastically shared the world of quilting and giving with me.
My local quilt guild (Jackson Quilters) passionately supported Quilts of Valor and somehow “drafted” me to lead that effort. My desire to honor the veterans in my life rekindled with focused purpose. I finally found a way to give back through Quilts of Valor!
I am honored to work with the dedicated, talented members of the Jackson Quilters QOV volunteers and Mississippi Quilters, and to be supported by my Vietnam Veteran husband. Together, we have reverentially wrapped QOV quilts around the shoulders of deserving veteran recipients and celebrated with their families. We are so privileged to represent fellow, grateful Americans, Jackson Quilters, and the Quilts of Valor Foundation in saying thank you to our veterans for their service, sacrifice, and valor in serving our nation.