Bachelor in History, Texas Technology University, 1970. Master of Education, Steven F. Austin University, 1977.
Teacher, Houston Indiana School District, 1975-1980; teacher, Houston Indiana School District, 1985-1991; with radio sales department, announcer, Station KGAS, Carthage, Texas, since 1994. Vice president Carthage Svc. League, since 1991.
Vice president, social chairperson Poe School Parent Teacher Organization, Houston, 1985-1991. Active Harris County Democrats, Houston, 1975-1991, Planned Parenthood, Houston, since 1985, Emily's List, Washington, since 1990. Co-chair United Way Panola County, secretary, since 1993.
Member administrative board 1st United Methodist Church, since 1993, family life coordinator, 1993-1994. Member Carthage C. of Chamber (board directors agricultural committee since 1994).
Married Terry Dwight Ivey, November 3, 1973 (deceased 1985). 1 child, Erin Thurman.