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About Me


Who I am


In a nutshell…

–a resident of Emmett my whole life, except for brief intervals in Pierre, Nampa, and Pullman

–BA from NNC, MA from BSU, both in English

–a total of 40 years of teaching

–daughter, Caty, Senior Development Manager for Trey McIntyre Project; son-in-law, Justin, Chair of Massage Therapy Dep’t at

Broadview U.; baby grandson, Wild

–hobbies: art quilts, art books, poetry, public speaking, event planning, reading, cooking, English Major Monkeys, shopping, music,

theater; coffee with friends

–two dogs, one cat; family and friends nearby


Longer version…


Some people think it strange that I have lived most of my life in the same place. Why wouldn’t I?

I know what I like, and it’s right where I was born. I’m luckier than the folks who had to discover Idaho

and move here from somewhere else.


Here, in Idaho, is my family history, with memories of pain and laughter. Here is beauty, peacefulness, and security. Here is wide blue sky with mountains at its base and refreshing clean water. Here are old friends and good-hearted people. Here I had a career that was engrossing and meaningful. Here I’ve developed my creativity, my skills, and my understanding of human nature and the wider world. Here I have learned how to accomplish my goals. Here I have raised a daughter who has made me proud.


My Dad, Paul, at the new Roe Ann.

From my family I got a strong work ethic. I started working at the family drive-in when I was nine and learned from my dad, who was also a sawyer at the mill and a farmer, how to work long hours. Along with my long teaching career, I’ve worked plenty of minimum wage jobs, (trailer house factory, corn cannery, grocery checkout, frozen fry plant, Chinese restaurant, and more). I had fifty years of paid employment when I retired, but I really haven’t stopped working yet.


Mother’s Day

From my mother I learned patience, humility, and kindness. An R.N. by profession, she was always welcome back at the hospital, but she simply did what was asked of her and always put others’ needs before her own. A child of the Depression, she taught us how to conserve, save, reuse, and recycle. Likewise, I have tried to be a good person and to do what needed to be done. I’ve spent a good part of my life trying to help kids have a better future.


From my teachers I learned how to think. From Mrs. Feller to Mr. Seifert to Bob Woodward to Rena Sanderson, they nourished my intelligence and confidence. They helped me learn to express myself, to solve problems, and to sift fact from hyperbole. I have tried to repay them by doing the same for other young people.


Canterbury Pilgrims

From my students I got the stimulation of constant change and challenge. They kept me mentally sharp. They made me laugh and stay young at heart. They gave me the gratification of knowing my work often brought results.


From studying literature, art, history, science, and religions, I learned how to look at life through a wide-angle lens and how to treat other people and how to live a meaningful life.


When those influences of place and people are put together, they add up to my wanting to do what I can to bring integrity, hard work, and concern for the future of the people of Idaho to our government.