Gay Sauer’s birth order — oldest of five younger brothers and sisters — gave her opportunities at an early age to entertain children with stories she made up. She found it entertaining and instructive for them, and very pleasurable to herself. Skills she developed at this early age were used later as she taught Sunday School, Bible School, and teaching various classes in the public school systems where she was employed as a classroom teacher.

Mrs. Sauer, mother of four children, read classic literature to them, and instilled in them an enjoyment for good stories. She also enjoyed sharing family history in the form of interesting stories to her eight grandchildren. Although primarily a high school teacher, since retirement she has returned to teaching children in her church, and finds they are every bit as appreciative of her stories as her younger siblings were when she first began honing her talent for telling a good story.