In memory of her aunt, a lifelong teacher and church organist, and her grandmother, Joy Goktepe has co-authored a book of 101 Inspirational Sayings and Stories that she remembers from her childhood. She was inspired by an assignment in English class, where students wrote their own version of “Life’s Little Instruction Book.” It focuses on the scriptures, historical documents, journals, and genealogy her grandmother worked on for 35 years.
Her grandmother designed and made beautiful quilts and gave five each to her eight living children when they got married or left home. She also began recycling in the early 1960s and encouraged all her neighbors to do so.
When the illustrations are complete, Joy Goktepe will submit the book to a children’s book publisher.