On Aug. 8, 1949, I joined this world in Jacksonville, Fla. I was adopted there in 1954.
My career focus while in Florida was advertising sales. I got married, and had two children.
In September, 1974, my husband, son and I moved to Virginia Beach to start a carpet cleaning business. By 1982, I was on my own and I expanded the business to include several phases of home improvement.
I also started and sold a beauty shop and an indoor miniature golf business.
My dad was a 32nd-degree Mason and Shriner. By the age of 16, I was proud to be a Rainbow Girl. I held all the offices, including Worthy Advisor. I raised money in Jacksonville from 1969-71 for a local children’s home.
I have been a member of the Virginia Beach Jaycees for 11 years, and worked on a regional and national level. I am a Life Member and they were kind enough to recognize me with several awards. I have twice been voted into the Outstanding Young Women of America.
Just think, I am in every library in America!
I have also received an Outstanding Associate Member award from the Tidewater Builders Association. I served on the Parks and Recreation Commission in Virginia Beach for two years. In 1992, I started raising money for Hope Haven Children’s Home for the children’s birthdays. They deserve their special day to be blessed. I also work with Friends of Virginia Beach Animal Control, placing homeless animals and rescue dogs. I am also a Rotarian, recipient of Rotarian of the Year and Paul Harris awards.
I love the outdoors. Nature is a way of feeling God’s blessings. I try to live by not judging what people do or say until I understand why. Part of that may be because I am a breast cancer survivor. 2008 wasn’t great I: underwent surgery, chemo and radiation treatments. In 2009 I received a clean bill of health, and with God’s blessings will stay that way. The seagull is my logo because it represents a positive attitude.
Every customer is a blessing from God. Thank you from my entire company for being a blessing.