I was born on June 17, 1933 in Colorado City, Texas. My parents were from the south. Dad was born in Jackson, Mississippi and Mom was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Dad was a farmer and Mom a housewife. I had three brothers; the youngest was 11 years older. We lived during the Great Depression and because of economic reasons, when I was age 4, Dad decided to leave Texas and travel to find work.
It started a journey to many states where crops had to be harvested and work could be found. This adventure lasted until World War II started and we moved to Richmond, California.
My three brothers joined different branches of the service, and my dad and mom worked in the ship yards. We lived in Richmond until the end of WWII.
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After Richmond, we moved to Friant. Dad was a farmer in Texas and wanted to farm, so he leased a large section of land and farmed for the next three years.
Due to a drought we moved to Clovis and purchased a house at 226 Pollasky. This would be our home for many years to come. I started the eighth grade at Clovis Grammar School and then went on to Clovis High School. These years were great and many lasting friendships were formed. Many of my friendships still continue today.
Clubs, sports, activities were great. I played on the tennis team for these years and this sport became a part of life in college and beyond.
Clovis High School was a special place to be in the 1950s. In the fall of 1951, I started attending Fresno State. In 1955, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a secondary teaching credential.
After graduation, I began a teaching career that lasted for 45 years. I taught at Roosevelt High School, Edison High School, Fresno High School, Fresno Continuation High School, Fresno Adult School and Community College. I taught sociology, medical study skills and ESL classes. I have been retired for four years.
In the summer of 1953, I married Ralph Zimmerman. We met at Clovis High School. When we started dating, I was a junior; he was a senior. We have two sons and two granddaughters. We enjoy traveling, community activities and being a part of Clovis.