After graduating (with Laura Cumming Mattson) from Skidmore
College in Saratoga Springs, New York I went directly to Mission Beach in
San Diego where I saw a lot of Connie Woodley Mason. Norm McAbee and I were
married in 1974. AT&T sent us to San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles.
As a "trailing spouse" I worked in health non-profits, the American
Cancer Society and the American Heart Association in fundraising and
professional health education positions.
Our daughter Kate
was born in 1977. By age 10 she had become quite an accomplished
equestrian. Norm retired from AT&T and we moved to Camden, South Carolina to
a 20 acre farm to be close to excellent hunter/jumper trainers. For the
next five years she and I spent many weekends in the truck pulling the
horses to shows up and down the East coast. She did very well and we had
tons of fun. She is now a CPA with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Orange County
and hopes some day to get a horse herself and to start showing again.
Having finally really retired, Norm keeps the farm going and the horses
that we board happy. He is head of the local United Way Campaign and I am
selling woman's clothing for Doncaster. It is a good fit for me. Life is
good down here in South Carolina.