As a young child I was inspired by my mother who exemplified the value of helping others and showing kindness in everyday life. I began my community service as a young girl in 1942, volunteering as a WAC during WWII. Making a move to St. Tammany in 1957, I immediately immersed myself into civic duties. Throughout the years I have been involved in the Kiwanis, the Jaycees, St. Genevieve Alter Society, Ladies of Liberty and The Slidell Women’s Civic Club. Within the Civic Club I have been most active. I was the Parade Captain, visited nursing homes monthly with other members, served at luncheons for STARC clients, worked for the soup kitchen, Keep Slidell Beautiful, participated in the local cancer walks, and was a Rosie for Habitat for Humanity. I modeled for numerous charity fundraisers and worked with the Senior Olympics. At the young age of 88, I keep busy to maintain my health and feel blessed to have the ability to give back to so many.
My professional journey began at the young age of 15 by opening my own dancing school. I carried this love to the children of Slidell. I maintained my dance studio for 57 years bringing joy to my students. I then opened the Slidell Gymnastic Club in 1972 bringing a new and exciting sport to our area. The students also learned the value of giving back by performing at various nursing homes, school carnivals and festivals throughout the parish. I was a member of the Old Town Civic Association as well as the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber honored me by once selecting me as “Business Women of the Year’. The Rotary Club recognized me as their first “Making a Difference “recipient. Although I am now retired, I am busier than ever working to make our parish a better place.