I was born July 8th, 1946 at Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville, West Virginia. My momma and daddy gave me two younger sisters, Nancy and Shirley. I lived in several different places during my childhood with my parents. We had a home on Doolin for a while, lived in Weirton in the country and Beech Bottom, West Virginia. Momma passed away in June 1954 with Cancer. Her parents (my grandparents) took myself and two sisters to raise because at that time, our daddy was working at Weirton Steele which was two hours away. We attended church regularly and my grandparents made certain we had a good education. My daddy passed away July 9th, 1988.
After I graduated from Magnolia High School with the Class of 1964, I was employed as a telephone operator working in New Martinsville. I was married and had one son. In the summer of 1997, I moved to Sevierville, Tennessee. I worked at the Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge for four years at the Applejacks Restaurant. Also, I had a side job as a journalist for the Tennessee Star Journal for several years. I wrote a column about my life on the farm in West Virginia and I was known as ‘The Farm Gal’.
Also, in 1997, I met Greg Hoskins at a songwriters meeting in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We became good friends working with our songwriting abilities. We became a singing group known as ‘Down Home A Livin’. We were regular performers at many of the local restaurants in the Smoky Mountain area before moving to Cuba, New Mexico in 2006. We now reside in Junior, West Virginia. We still continue to write and produce and perform our own songs. We have performed in Nashville and many other places throughout other states.
I enjoy writing because I found it a personal expression of love for everything. My ideas for songwriting come from nature, scenery, from folks who I have met, and most of all, from my heart because it’s filled with many wonderful memories.
As you read my book, you’ll get to know a little farm girl that would ‘cuss’ a little and yes, Gram would ‘share’ her famous farm whippings! This little girl will give you laughs and tears but most of all, she will share a beautiful Walton Farm memory.