June 1957 I went to Beetch’s Beauty College, operators, advanced, and instructors courses. I worked in a couple of small shops (can’t remember the names). I worked for Ruth’s Beauty shop in the Wallace Shopping center for a couple of years. I moved to Wichita Kansas (for 2 years) where I passed the Kansas State Board Of Cosmetology. I worked at the Lassen Hotel beauty salon at the same time I was an instructor at the Douglas Beauty academy. I had bleached my hair blonde and wore it shoulder length. What started out just going to a Hair Stylist convention ended with me modeling hairstyles in competition. Lot of sitting, boring, times but it was very interesting in learning a lot of different techniques which I taught to my students at the Beauty academy.
I met my husband Bobby Anderson while living in Wichita. We were married at Calvary Baptist Church in Enid on 12/22/62. We moved to California (San Fernando area) arriving Christmas day 1962. I went back to beauty school, passed the California Cosmetology Board and worked in a large salon in California. It was all nights and weekends which I didn’t like so I quit and became a mother to a girl, Laurie, and 2 boys Daryl and Andy.
After nine years living in the San Fernando Valley, we bought our first home in 1971 in Simi Valley CA. Then, 5 years later we moved to a larger house where we lived for 30 years. Pop Warner style football, youth baseball and girls softball kept us busy for a number of years. Bob graduated from Pepperdine University with a BS degree in Adminstration. Bob worked for Rocketdyne the whole time we lived out here. The company changed hands three times (North American, Rockwell and Boeing). Bob worked on space shuttle and space station programs. Bob retired Jan 99. We took advantage of all the sights and the warm climate for camping. When Andy was 14 I decided to go back to work. Building computers. I also had a chance to return to school and learn to read blue prints, schematics, in addition to soldering and mechanical assembly. I got a job at ITT Gilfillian and worked for 2 years as an Electro/Mechanical Assembler. Applied for inspection and worked as an inspector for 8 years. (Much easier work than hair dressing). In Jan 1994 I took temporary layoff. I was injured in the Jan 17, 1994 Earthquake and began the worst year of my life. I don’t remember much of it.
My youngest son Andy (age 24) was murdered March 3, 1994 in a car jacking while on a fishing trip. (Andy was shot in the back from 144 ft.) The scum bag who killed him is serving life in prison without possibility of parole. At the trial I realized how few rights the victim’s parents and relatives have. I joined Parents of Murdered Children which helped me keep my remaining sanity. I have been working with Collene (Thompson) Campbell on an amendment to the constitution for victim’ rights. When it was voted down, we tried again. We did get a victims rights bill which was passed and took effect right away. We are now enjoying retirement, motor home camping and traveling. We spent a month each summer from 1998 to 2005 camping and fishing with my brother and sister-in-law, plus my sister and brother-in-law at the Lake of the Arbuckles in Sulphur OK… (now we have too many health issues to continue doing that). So we just get out and wander around the Western United States lodging in Thousand Trails campsites. They have full hook ups. Lots to do. We have two grand daughters who keep us busy. The youngest is 2 and really keeps us on our toes. The older is 11, sings with the Los Robles Children’s choir.(3 years). We are busy taking her to practices and concerts. She is in her third year of piano and voice lessons. Her goal is to go to Berkley School of Music in Massachusetts.