Born in Detroit, Michigan, Phyllis Biffle Elmore was sent at the age of four to the tiny town of Livingston, Alabama, to be raised by her grandmother, Lula Horn. In 1973, she joined the United States Air Force, and her military career included service during the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom. She served as an aviation operations specialist and equal opportunity advisor until she retired from the US Army in 2013. Her civilian career has included working as a counselor for incarcerated youth and women victims of domestic violence, and ten years as a counseling supervisor for youth and adults suffering from alcohol and substance abuse.
Phyllis spends her free time binging on Netflix and Hulu programs, power walking, aerobic fitness classes, spectator sports and face timing with granddaughters. One of her greatest skills is historical research on lost and/or unknown family members. Over the past ten years, Phyllis has completed over seventy five family research projects for family and friends.
Phyllis has traveled extensively, telling the stories of her grandmother’s quilts of souls in the media and as a guest speaker at libraries, genealogical conventions, quilting clubs, book clubs, colleges, and schools throughout the United States. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a master’s certificate in creative writing from the University of Denver. She lives in Florida with her husband, Reginald Elmore, and has seven granddaughters who are the love of her life.
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