Etta Belle Fowler was born on January 7, 1898 in Arcadia, Nebraska. Even as a child, Etta knew her calling was to teach. So she diddolls, kittens, neighbor boysanyone who would listen.
Once she graduated from Walla Walla College, Etta married Claud W.
Degering, and began teaching school, like she had dreamed. After teaching
for a number of years, Etta assumed the posistion of editor of The
Childrens Friend, a magazine for blind children. Mrs. Degering
became the first sighted person to become certified as a reader and transcriber
of braille, as well as winning the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation National
Mass Media award for her book, Seeing Fingers, the Story of Louis Braille.
Though Etta Degering received several awards and recognition for her work,
her daughter, Trudy Johnson, says that, "Probably her greatest joy and
reward came from the expressed appreciation of the children who love the
Jesus of My Bible Friends."