Mary Walling was born in 1952 to John T. Brightwell, Jr and Peggy N. Trivett in Tampa, Florida. She has been married 39 years to John Walling. Mary is the daughter of a retired Air Force sargeant and the wife of a former Army sargeant. She is also a former cosemetologist and a medical secretary who at one time owned her own insurance billing service. Mary has 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren. She loves reading, writing, singing, playing the piano, crocheting, performing church service, but most of all spending time with her family.