In her teens, she was a hired housemaid. As a young adult, she began to remove self-imposed barriers leading to a twenty-year career in law enforcement. Throughout years of adversity, abuse and fear, she sometimes lived in a world that felt like a big leaky boat, intimidated by the storms.
Unable to graduate from high school with no place to call home, she married at seventeen and had her first child a year later. She languished in the wilderness of a barren desert with two children. In her twenties she became an impoverished single mother. She endured two failed marriages, one to a deserting husband and one to a dangerous psychopath. Yet, she found her strength and changed course for a life of productivity, security and independence. As life began to finally settle down for her, she was jolted by cancer which was followed by six recurrences over twenty-four years. At age seventy-six she began care-giving for her third husband of forty years, her childhood sweetheart, who suffered from alcoholism and Lewy Bodies Dementia. In 2013, after fifty-six years, God-ordained events led to finding a child she had given up for adoption.
Her triumphs, tragedies, and mystifying events that tested her faith and convictions became a book at age eighty-seven. For a life cannot be fully determined until it is fully lived.