I Am Wilshire: Donna Gregory

by | May 17, 2024 | I Am Wilshire

Hometown: Mt. Calm, Texas;
Present City: Dallas;
Education: I didn’t initially go to college after high school but later earned about 45 college credits attending evening classes at Eastfield.
Profession: I retired from the Federal Government, where I was a tax computation specialist, and then worked for a couple of accounting firms in a specialty area involving taxes and interest.

Tell us about your family.
I am single with two adult children. My son lives in Rockwall with his wife, and they have an adult daughter and son. They also have a granddaughter, my great-granddaughter, who is 8. My daughter lives in Dallas and has a 14-year-old daughter.

How about your work or volunteer life?
I frequently help my daughter, who has always signed up to do far more than the average person could possibly do. Currently, I’m helping her with The Long Run, a fundraiser for J.L. Long Middle School, which she is chairing.

Any favorite hobbies?
I love to escape in a good book, and I’m in a couple of book clubs. I like walking and gardening. Also, for several years I’ve been studying Spanish both to try to learn it and as a way to keep my brain working — mixed results on both!

What are your favorite places to travel?
My daughter has a condo in Colorado, and I enjoy going there with her and my granddaughter once or twice a year. I really enjoyed trips I took with Wilshire to Ireland and Spain a few years back.

What brought you to Wilshire and when?
I grew up in a Southern Baptist church, but became disillusioned and didn’t attend for a number of years. I visited Wilshire on a friend’s recommendation in 2013 and liked it right away.

Where are you engaged at Wilshire?
I participated in the recent mission trip to Puerto Rico, and I was very proud to be part of such a wonderful group. I’m in Whosoever Wilshire Sunday School Class, and I serve on the Lord’s Supper Ministry Team.

What has surprised you most about Wilshire?
Maybe not surprising, but I appreciate the intelligence and open-mindedness here and that everyone is welcome.

What do you think God is up to in your life right now?
I’m trying not to be judgmental but to grow in the recognition that every person is created in God’s image and worthy of dignity and respect. Emphasis on trying.

Something interesting most people would not know about you?
I was working in downtown Dallas when President Kennedy was assassinated. We had just watched the motorcade pass by.

What adjectives best describe you?
Diligent, sincere, curious.