Medical Secretary certified, Franklin Technology School, Joplin, Missouri, 1974. Bachelor in English, Missouri Southern State College, Joplin, 1980.
Medical secretary Family Planning program, Economics Security Corporation, Joplin, 1972-1975; public affairs director, Economics Security Corporation, Joplin, 1976-1979; energy assistance technician, Missouri Division Family Superior vena cava syndrome, Joplin, 1980-1981; editor wekly newspapers, Pogue Printing Company, Noel, Missouri, 1981-1982; income maintenance caseworker, Missouri Division Family Superior vena cava syndrome, 1982-1993; disaster assistance employee, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Kansas City, Missoury, since 1989. Judge of writing contests Ozark Creative Writers, 1989, Kansas AuthorsClub, 1990, Ozark Artists and Writers Guild, 1986. Judge high school speechand debate tournaments, Joplin, since 1988.
Committeewoman Democratic Party, Duenweg, Missouri, 1997. Member Joplin Area Storytellers, Joplin Writers Guild, Joplin Toastmasters, Democratic Ladies Club.
Married James Rudolph West, January 31, 1970 (divorced August 1978). 1 child, James Russell.