Growing up in the small western Kansas town of Syracuse with five younger sisters, Jeanie’s primary entertainments were reading and pretending. After obtaining a B.S.E. degree from Emporia University, she taught elementary school while her husband attended medical school. In the early 70’s they moved to Corpus Christi, Texas and then to nearby Aransas Pass, helping to start Word of God Christian School where Jeanie worked while their three children were attending. Over the years, she learned to play autoharp and began writing songs as well as poetry and stories. She and her husband of over 40 years still reside in Aransas Pass and have two grown daughters, five grandchildren, and one son who is now in heaven.