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From humble beginnings, Lona went on to graduate from Metropolitan University
in St Paul, Minnesota at age 50, after raising her four children. Retiring from her
career, Lona designed “Leather Feathers”, Native American/Country Western
inspired pottery. While traveling in their RV with her husband, Charlie, she
successfully marketed her pottery in stores and airports coast to coast from 1994 to

They eventually settled in Ft Myers, Fl. After taking three creative writing classes,
Lona then joined the literary world late in life. In 2014, at age 79, she published
her book of poetry, Grief to Celebration. In 2015, at age 80, she published her
parents’ memoir Humble Roots: Earl and Caroline.

Lona is a member of Gulf Coast Writers’ Association. She is a regular participant
in Words and Wine, a monthly poetry reading group, where she shares
her original poetry.


Her first children's book, The Girl Who Lived in a Haymow, is loosely based on her childhood experiences.