Gracie was born and raised in La Junta, Colorado and later moved to Grand Island, Nebraska. In 1981 after a little more than a decade of scooping snow she packed up and headed south to sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. Shortly after her arrival she began her career in the insurance industry and in 1989 struck out on her own to start AZCAL Insurance Services Inc. in an office not much larger than your typical guest bedroom.
In January 2019, after 30+ years in the insurance industry she started working her way towards retirement while her son and daughter-in-law continue to carry the torch forward. For those of you who know Gracie you know she will never be able to sit still and watch the grass grow. She is still involved with the family business, the difference is that now she picks and chooses when and how much.