My history begins in a small town called Revillo in South Dakota where I grew up and attended country and public school. After graduating from Northern State University I married my husband, Terry. We were blessed with four children, who have occupied the majority of my life. Every day watching them grow up and become responsible adults with families of their own has been a blessing. When my children were all in school, I took a position as a Rehabilitation Teacher with the state of South Dakota and enjoyed working in the field with mature adults. Later I worked at the Rehab Center with a wider variety of youth and adults. When my children were grown, I accepted a Braille Instructor position in Dell Rapids, SD, where our home is. This opened up more opportunities to live independently, as I was dependent on transportation while I was working for the state. When I retired from the school system, I helped my daughter with her daycare until she went back into teaching.
In my lifetime, my family and church have come first. I have been blessed to serve as a Sunday school and music leader for most of my life. Choir and being the music leader have kept me involved for the past years. I have also been a member and officer in Extension Club, Lions Club, Ladies groups, Library Board, Healthy Hometown Committee, and SDAB.
My latest passion, besides SDAB, has been to help coordinate the bus for Ski for Light. This will be approximately my 18th year of attending this program. My current position with SDAB is 1st Vice President. Ten years ago I received my first dog guide and this has kept me walking at a quick pace. Now that Alioto is retired, I have a little girl named Wiggles who is my steady companion.
I also enjoy spending time with my family and have attended four nieces weddings. I also spent a week with my sister in Delaware prior to her daughter's wedding in New Jersey. Life is good and I want to wish all of you a happy holiday season! Pictured is Virginia at home.