Occupation: I’m a CPA, and a partner in Stockwell & Bates, LLC. My partner Linda and I started the first all-women’s CPA firm in the state in 1992. We’ve always been here in Newtown. I’m also a CDFA, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. I work with people who are getting divorce, to find out if they will be financially secure and help them to understand the tax laws that will affect them as divorced people.
Family: I’ve been married to my husband, George, for almost 46 years. He’s a retired Sandy Hook School teacher. He retired to take care of our first grandchild. We have four now. We have two children. My son, Peter, owns the All State [insurance office] here in town. He’s married to Jennifer, and their children are Nicholas, 4, and Cole, 5. My daughter is Becky. She is married to Mike Sullivan. They live in Beacon Falls. They have two girls, Brooke, who is 9, and Courtney is 6.
Pets: We had a dog, a cockapoo, for 15 years before she passed away. Now we just doggie sit for our granddogs. Peter has a boxer and Becky had a yellow lab, so we get our doggie fix.
How long have you lived in Newtown? We moved here in September 1967, right after we got married.
What do you like to do in your free time? I’m a quilter, and do a lot of quilting. I enjoy reading, and I do decorative painting. Spending time with my grandkids and family is what’s important to me.
Do you have a favorite book? I like to read a lot of different books. I recently read the Hunger Games series, and was surprised how much I liked them. I like the Odd Thomas books by Dean Koontz, and I just finished reading Bad Monkey, by Carl Haischen. It’s a detective type of book. I read anything that’s not a tax book!
Do you have a favorite travel destination? We bought a place, a couple of years ago, in Naples, Fla. We go down as a family for Thanksgiving , and after tax season, my husband and I will go down there for a couple of weeks. It’s friendly, it’s nice, and the ocean is absolutely calming. It’s just beautiful.
What is the best thing about Newtown? We were here when there were only 9,200 people. It’s a close knit, friendly community, so we’ve just stayed here and raised our kids here.
What is the biggest change you have seen? Church Hill Road and the shopping development on Queen Street. None of that was there when we first moved in.
Who has been the greatest influence on your life? My family. My husband is so easy-going. He’s been my rock, and he sent me to college when we had children. Also my children. Not only do I love them, but I like them as people. They make me think about how you can treat other people. I like to see how they live their lives and the values they give their children are the values we gave to them.
Do you have a personal philosophy? What I try to do is treat everybody like I’d like to be treated, and do acts of kindness and ask others to pass it along.
Do you have a guilty pleasure? I guess it would be stealing time for myself, to just read a book or do some crocheting. And I love to get my nails done. I like the art look on nails.