Rusty was born in Indiana and raised in Austin, Texas. She and her husband have, between them, eight children, fifteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. They are currently living in Boise, Idaho, and loving the four seasons after living many years in Palm Springs, California.
Rusty's career was in banking and the communications field. She was Business Manger of Kiis Radio in Los Angeles and KFWB in Hollywood. She managed two cable systems, Sierra Madre and Arcadia, California. Retiring, she moved to the Palm Springs area where she started her own business, "RThings". She did catering, worked with party consultants and made table linens for theme parties for events at hotels, country clubs and private homes.
She loves gardening, decorating her home, sewing and is an avid reader, reading over 100 books each year. She works a few hours each week in an upscale market as the "Tasting Lady" and enjoys meeting the people and sharing their reactions to new food tastes.