What is your current occupation?
“Grandma, mom, wife, owner of Grandma’s Whimsies Craft business and whole food plant based advocate”
What does that involve?
“Helping people make lifestyle changes through food and nutrition”
What do you like to do off the clock “just for fun”?
“Spend time with my grandchildren, and time with my many hobbies sewing, embroidery, wood working, painting, crafting, reading. I am never bored.”
What city and state were you born in?
“Macomb, Illinois - February 17, 1952”
What is the most recent book that you’ve read?
“The Healthiest Diet on the Planet by Dr. John Mcdougall and How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger”
What is the best advice you’ve received?
“My grandma told me to learn something new every day. So when Dr. Irvin Sahni told me to read The China Study by Dr. T. Collin Campbell, I did just that and I have been trying to share that knowledge ever since! It changed my life and it can change yours!”
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
“My husband's heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery two years ago. His journey to health, and now he too follows a Whole Food Plant Based Diet and is completely free from any signs of heart disease.”
What two words best describe you?
“Creative and passionate”
What inspires you?
“Children inspire me to fight for their health and the future of the health of our country. Seeing so many kids suffering from chronic disease at such early ages saddens me.”
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) – excluding immediate living family members, who would they be?
“Dr. John Mcdougall, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Michael Klaper, Dr. Doug lisle Oh and I’d love to have our local Dr. Irvin Sahni too after all he is the one that changed my life.”
What is your favorite TV show?
“This is Us, but mostly I watch YouTube videos and documentaries, mostly I study nutrition and watch videos from all of my favorite doctors listed to come to dinner. I also watch woodworking videos learning how to use such tools as a router.”
What are your roles in the community?
“Active member of First United Methodist Church and the Seguin MOPS(Mothers of Preschoolers) Mentor Mom, current chairman of the FUMC Pumpkin Patch which I am proud to say won second place this past year out of over 75 pumpkin patch entries for the country. Passionate advocate for health! I am hosting a Whole Food Plant Based information session March 23 at FUMC 710 N. Austin St at 6:00-8:00 p.m. It is FREE and open to the public. I will have food samples and tell my story about how healthy food has changed my life. Other than that I am a faith, family, friends and Mickey Mouse kind of girl.”
What is your educational background?
“Attended Southern Illinois University as a Home Ec. Education Major, Art minor. That is where I met my husband, who joined the Air Force, then we moved to Biloxi MS. After 4 years, we transferred to San Antonio. In 1986, we moved to Seguin. The decision to move here was after the wonderful experience buying a car from Soechting Motors. We decided we wanted our children to grow up in the town with the same values as the small towns we grew up in. That was 30 plus years ago and we have never regretted it. I worked for Bob Pickett in Art And Craft shop for several years, then as assistant manager at Texas Craft Works a craft Mall in New Braunfels and then at the age of 51, began work as a Kinder Gymnastics coach at J&R for 10 years. I retired from that to be a stay at home grandma and pursue my hobbies and travel some.”
What do you believe are the strengths of the community?
“I love how the citizens supports each other like the way we came together and raised money for the high school band the One Town One Team really describes this town. A town we can all be proud of!”
What are your greatest accomplishments, personally and professionally?
“My greatest accomplishments are my children. My son Trevor Spradling and his wife Courtney who live in New Braunfels and my daughter Stacie Scholl and her husband Mark from Seguin. I am most proud of my grandchildren Taylor Scholl a junior At Sam Houston State University, Sheldon Scholl a junior at Seguin High School, Addison Spradling a sophomore at Canyon High School and Kenedi Spradling 6th grade at Canyon Middle School .”
What changes would you like to see in Seguin?
“I would love to see a commitment to a Healthy Seguin starting with local restaurants offering healthy menu options by adding some simple whole Food Plant Based Options cooked without added fats and oils.”
What are your future plans?
“I will continue to spread the word of a Whole food Plant Based Life style. It is the only proven diet that can reverse heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, arthritis, and many other chronic diseases. At the same time, it is the right thing for the future of our planet. The Standard American diet is not working and the planet cannot sustain our current lifestyle, so for the children and our future we must change.”