Shortly after my marriage I moved to Norfolk, Virginia, to be with my husband who was in the Navy. During the years as a Navy wife, our family moved up and down the east coast. I attended a Baptist church in Charleston and Episcopal churches in Key West and New London, Connecticut. When Russ retired, we returned to the Fullerton area in eastern Baltimore County. I attended Holy Comforter off and on with my parents and my sister’s family. It wasn’t until I started attending church with my father, William Paul, that I began attending on a more regular basis. The people that my dad introduced me to were friendly and welcoming and made me look forward to coming and being part of a church family again. After he passed away, I went to the 8:00 service by myself and when my daughter moved back to Baltimore County, I asked her to attend church with me. She and I have been attending the 10:00 service on a fairly regular basis for the past 10 years. It was in 2013 when I found out what it meant to be a member of the Holy Comforter family. My grandson, Emerson, lost his foot in a mower accident that summer and the love, prayers, comfort, and support that was given to us by Chris and the members of Holy Comforter was more than I could have ever imagined. I know it was the prayers that brought all of us, especially Emerson, through this ordeal. I knew I had found a home.
In the past several years, I have been a member of the Welcome and Fellowship ministry and helped out with the Adopt-a-Family Christmas program, the Christmas Pageant, and Sunday School.
I was employed at Baltimore County Public Schools as a secretary in the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. I retired in 2010 after 30 years. I now spend most of my time with my daughter and grandchildren. Any spare time I have, I usually spend gardening, sewing, or reading.