How long have you lived in Cannon Beach?

29-plus years. My parents both lived here and were both ill. I was a single mother and moved here to be closer to my parents.

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Portland.

Do you have any family?

I have four grown children. They were all scattered around but all live in Portland now.

What did you do for a living?

A lot of everything. I worked at a credit union, for a charter boat company in Hawaii, a canvas and upholstery company that specialized in yachts. When I settled in Cannon Beach with my kids, I started Cannon Beach Property Management in 1984. I began with one house and ended up with 42 when my daughter took over.

What kept you in Cannon Beach?

My husband, John. He was from San Francisco, and we were trying to decide between here and there. There were more job opportunities in the Bay Area, but we both loved it here so much we decided to stay. We knew something would work out.

What is your favorite pasttime?

I do a lot of volunteering. I’m a docent at the Maritime Museum in Astoria, I serve on the city’s parks committee, and I adopted Tolovana Wayside. It keeps me busy, and I enjoy giving back to the community. I travel here and there, too, when I get the chance.

What is your biggest inspiration?

There is so much around me that inspires me. I am most fulfilled by giving back to where I live.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

I try to let all the little things roll off my back. Life is too short and things could always be worse.

What is your favorite movie and why?

I love the movies on Turner Classic Movies. The black and white movies are the best. The old dialogue is great, like “she came at me in sections,” or “he’s so cheap, he’s wholesale.” I love that.

What is the best advice you could give anyone?

Follow the “Golden Rule.” It applies to everything and everyone and is so basic.


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