Bachelor in English, Pikeville College, 1970; Master of Arts in English, Morehead State University, 1982; postgraduate, Kentucky State University, 1985; postgraduate, Morehead State University, 1985-1988.
Teacher mathematics, Pike County Board Education, Pikeville, Kentucky, 1970-1971; teacher English, Floyd County Board Education, Prestonsburg, Kentucky, 1985-1986; associate professor, Prestonsburg Community College, since 1986. Adjunct Professor of English Kentucky State University, Frankfort, 1983-1985. Consultant Magoffin County Writing Project, Salyersville, Kentucky, 1989, Pike County English Teachers, Pikeville, 1988.
Member Morehead (Kentucky) Writing Project, since 1987. Member National Council Teachers English, Kentucky Council Teachers English (executive board), Eastern Kentucky Council Teachers English (president 1986-1989), National Association Development Education, Kentucky Association Development Educators (secretary 1987-1989), Southeast Conference on Teachers English at Two-Year College.
Married Roy E. Sturgill, January 6, 1968. Children: Heather Dawn, Nellie Marie, Roy Junior.