I was born on January 18, 1961, in Port Arthur, Texas. I have lived in the Port Arthur area all my life. I was blessed with amazing parents, Horace and Lois Bullion. I have two brothers, who still live in that area. All my life my parents were so supportive, loving, and always there for us. I will be forever blessed with them in my life. I pride myself in trying to live my life the way I was so beautifully taught by them.
Growing up I attended Catholic school. In 1979 I graduated from Bishop Byrne High School and was one of the top-ten students and was in the National Honor Society. Even though I was heavily involved in sports, I made sure not to let my academics ever suffer. From a very young age, I was involved in sports, especially softball. During the years, I played on league teams and also traveling teams. My Dad coached some of the teams and my Mom enjoyed being the team mom. I cannot remember a time that my Dad and Mom were not at one of my games. Every day after I got home from school, the first thing my Dad had me do was practice pitching (fast-pitch) with him. I excelled in it and also was a very good hitter. I made the All-Star team every year and in high school our team won the State Championship. I was selected as the All-State Fast Pitch Pitcher. These are some memories for which I will always cherish.
After high school, I went to Lamar in Port Arthur, Texas and graduated in 1980 with an Associate of Applied Science-Paralegal degree. It was not easy, but I did a two-year degree fast by taking classes in the summers and also day and night classes. But once again, even with the heavy schedule, I did not let my grades suffer. In college, I was also a member of the National Honor Society.
In 1980 I started working for Hugh O’Fiel, Attorney At Law, in Beaumont. I worked for Hugh from 1980 to 1995. Learning in school is one thing, but hands on experience is invaluable. Hugh definitely taught me a lot. In August 1995 I went to work at Packard LaPray for the Senior Partner, Bernard Packard. In 2019, the firm separated and I continued to work for Mr. Packard at Packard & Packard until December 2020, when he retired. Mr. Packard is a very special person of whom I am very thankful to know and to have worked for. I was responsible for the handling of the family, criminal, and probate cases from start to finish, with the primary focus in family law. I love what I do and had amazing bosses, who became my dear friends.
I married in 1981 and divorced in 2011. From that marriage I had two amazing children, Jason and Lori. My son, Jason, was born in 1983 and is employed in the medical field. My daughter, Lori, was born in 1989 and is a Paralegal in Dallas. Lori married Brandon in 2011, and he is an attorney in Fort Worth. They gave me the most special, beautiful blessings, two grandchildren, Emma who was born in 2016 and Levi who was born in 2020. They truly make my heart full. I never had thoughts of remarrying, but I met a wonderful man, James, and we married in July of 2018. We took a cruise to the Panama Canal, it was an amazing adventure. We love to travel, and in 2019 took a family trip to Disney World in Florida
My Dad passed away in October of 2016 and that same month I found out that I had breast cancer. It was a very difficult time in my life. I was a “Daddy’s girl” and was so close to him. Having to go through this diagnosis and surgery without him was almost unbearable. Thankfully, I was blessed with amazing support from my mother, children, family, and friends. As a tribute to me, in October 2018, my kids organized our participation in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Race for the Cure. It was special doing this with them.
My Mom passed away in March of 2020. To this day, it does not seem real. We definitely had a special mother-daughter bond. I miss my parents every day. In their elder years, they depended on me a lot, so I would not have moved out of the Port Arthur area while they were still living. With my parents having both passed away, my husband and I decided it was time to be closer to our children and grandchildren. So in October 2020 we made the move to Fort Worth and bought a house.
One of life’s greatest blessings to me is to be able to see and spoil my grandbabies. Emma loves to play soccer and to dance. We go to her soccer games every week. I cannot wait to see what interests Levi has and to be able to attend those games or activities. My husband’s daughter and family are moving to Fort Worth in January 2021, so more family will be even closer to us.
If I had to summarize myself, it would be “extremely family orientated” nothing means more than family to me. I also am an avid animal lover. We have always had a dog in our family, sometimes two. I look forward to the next stages of our lives here in Fort Worth.