A longtime resident of Pensacola, she was a single mother who made ends meet in the early 80s by delivering balloons and performing singing telegrams. "That career ended shortly because I cannot sing at all," she told the Pensacola Business Journal. "I have a photo of myself in full-face clown makeup standing in front of Madison's 25 years ago."
She entered the food service industry as a waitress for Chan's when it opened in University Mall, later becoming a bartender and then manager. She then entered real estate, first as a sales person and then a broker, and in 1997 she left Pensacola to open an Alabama division of Adam's Homes.
- "Dedication, perseverance lead to a path of success." Pensacola News Journal, June 1, 2008.