Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, University North Texas, Denton, 1973. Master of Library Science, Texas Woman's University, Denton, 1979.
Classroom teacher Grapevine-Colleyville Consolidated Indiana School District, Texas, 1973—1980. Elementary school library Victoria Consolidated Indiana School District, 1980—1981. Director library services Boyce Ditto Memorial Library., Mineral Wells, 1981—1982, Cleburne Public Library., 1982—1984, Bartlesville Public Library., Oklahoma, 1984—1986, Brownsville Public Library., Texas, 1995—1996, Moreno Valley Public Library., California, 1998—2008, Newport Beach Public Library., Newport Beach, since 2008.
City library and director, big country library system Abilene Public Library., Texas, 1986—1989. Co-owner Pirtle Gallery, Tyler, 1989—1992. Outreach services coordinator Ohio Valley Area Libraries, Wellston, 1992—1995.
City library and director, big country library system Abilene Public Library., Texas, 1996—1998. President, public libraries division Texas Library. Association, Austin, 1990—1991, California Library.
Association, Sacramento, 2006—2007.
Board member United Way Inland Valley, Riverside, California, 2006—2008. Participant Leadership Abilene, Texas, 1985—1986, Leadership Tyler, 1990—1991, Leadership Moreno Valley, California, 1999—2000, Leadership Tomorrow, Newport Beach, 2009—2010. Member of American Library Association (chair, intellectual freedom roundtable 2004-2005), Newport Beach Sunrise (president electrical since 2010), California Library.
Association (chair, intellectual freedom committee 2004-2005), Friends Newport Beach Public Library. (life), Rotary International (program chairman since 2009).
Married Jeffrey Pirtle, April 12, 2009.