Completed undergraduate studies at Univ. of Alabama, 1970, majoring in Math in College of Education. Studied Special Education, completing Masters in 1971. Married former Poet Ed Patterson in 1969and while he studied Law at Univ. of Al Law School, I taught school in Tuscaloosa. Upon moving back to Montgomery in 1973, I taught 2 years before "retiring" to raise our two daughters. I worked 20 years in Childrens Ed at Trinity Pres. Church and was Music Sec./Assistant as well for 12 of those years. We have 4 grandchildren, two in B'ham and two in Montgomery. In 2012 our older daughter lost her 8 month battle to Ovarian Cancer. We formed Elliotslight,LLC, in her memory to raise awareness and funds for research.