Bachelor in English, Coastal Carolina College, 1985; Master of Arts in English, University of Southern California, 1989.
Graduate assistant department English, University of Southern California, Columbia, 1986-1989; part-time instructor English, Coastal Carolina College, Conway, South Carolina., 1985-1986; Adjunct Professor, Coastal Carolina College, Conway, South Carolina., since 1989. Tutor writing center Coastal Carolina U., 1995-1996.
Volunteer Hospice Horry County, Conway, 1982-1985. Member Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, National Council Teachers of English.
Married Jack Allen Purcell, November 11, 1950. Children: Jack Allen Junior, Michael David, Stephen Cameron, Scott Winfrey.