Associate of Arts, Crowder College, Neosho, Missouri, 1981. Bachelor, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, 1983.
Copywriter, announcer KBTN Radio, Neosho, Missouri, 1983—1989. Mental health professional New Visions, 1990—1993. Staff writer Neosho Post, 1997—1999.
Columnist The Joplin Globe, since 2000, Neosho Daily News. Teacher Neosho R-5 Schools, Missouri, since 2008.
Member of Missouri Writers Guild, Writers of the Six Bulls (president 2002-2003), Exchange Club.
Married Roy Wayne Murphy, July 7, 1994. Children: Emily Dian, Megan Lane, Patrick Wayne.