Helen Walsh Folsom will celebrate a milestone birthday on Nov. 1.
A Kansas City, Kan., native, Folsom raised a family of four while writing Christian material for Sunday schools and doing art work for stores.
She went to work for the Kansas City Kansan for five years in various capacities.
She then worked for the Leavenworth Road Association as its first executive director. She organized help for fixed-income members of the community and established the Autumn Gold festival and parade.
During this time, she also began teaching Sunday school at Medicalodge North, where she taught for 28 years.
After retiring from full-time work, she decided to write about Ireland, publishing three books on the subject in the past several years.
Her children are holding a card shower in honor of her birthday. Cards may be sent in care of William R. Folsom Jr., 13030 N.W. Hawthorne Drive, Platte City, Mo. 64079.