I am a Dallas native with roots from birth in North Oak Cliff.
I was thrilled to be a first-season cast member at 2016's Senior Follies and privileged to come back for the 2017 season. At age five years, I sang on stage at the Fair Park Music Hall with a group of DISD grade school children and decided immediately I loved performing. Choir was part of every school year and I joined the W H Adamson High School Select Choir all three years of high school. Operetta productions, many concerts and competitions were constant goals of this ambitious choir. Public speaking and Thespians Club led to parts in plays. I twirled baton all three years of high school with the renowned Adamson Leopardettes, the only twirling drill team in Texas at that time and possibly in the nation. Highlighting each of those years, this unique drill team led the nationally televised Cotton Bowl parade on January 1st of 1959, 60 and 61. I studied dance with Tony Beck while attending SMU. Sweet Adelines, the women's four-part harmony barbersh op group, allowed me two more years of harmonizing and competing in the early 70's. I was a regular "extra" while the original "Dallas" TV series was shooting locally - at Southfork Ranch and many locations around town. Larry Hagman was so friendly to everyone in the cast, extras and crew - keeping us entertained royally between film takes.
I further refined my speaking and leadership skills with Toastmasters for three years. Two seasons with the Prestonwood Baptist choir included the Southern Baptist Convention in Arizona, concerts throughout Texas plus the famous Dallas Christmas productions with the 500 voice choir. A breast cancer survivor, my favorite charity is Susan G. Komen Foundation. I am energized when using my spiritual gift of service. I served the community on the board of my neighborhood townhome association, plus my high school alumni board for 5 years as well as with The Mesquite Boys and Girls Clubs for one season. I have enjoyed fundraising and promoting the Senior Follies for the past two years. My participation this year in the Ms. Texas Senior America pageant has allowed me a wonderfully supportive experience as I continue to explore the arts with gusto.
My pride and joy is my daughter and grandson who live locally.