I grew up in Hockinson, WA and attended Battle Ground High School. At school I had to choose between playing a trumpet in band or singing in the choir so I could experience performing "Carol of the Bells" with only candlelight during the Christmas season. I chose choir with Mr. Peru.
I subsequently moved out of state for 17 long years and worked in accounting for the U.S. Treasury Department for 13 years. before moving back to the home place to take care of my parents. Since their passing, I have more time for singing.
Originally, I was with the "Peruvian Singers" before the group changed its name to "Touch of Class". I have been in and out of the group for the last 20 years. I sing at church, at funerals, at the Pittock Mansion and anywhere else someone will let me.
I have one grown daughter, one grown stepdaughter, and one grown stepson. I also have step-grandchildren ranging in age from 6 to 29, and two step-great-grandchildren.