Dell Anne Hines Afzal, native of Columbia County, Florida, lives with her husband, Naser, in Alachua County, Florida, scant miles from "Gator Country" University of Florida in Gainesville.
Her 40+ year career has been focused in computer operations and is presently employed with Buddy Irby, Alachua County Clerk of Court.
"Treasures in the Attic: Gifts from a Woman of Faith" documents the life of her Grandmother, Lois Annie and shares a wealth of love and humor but also tremendous hardships and pain as well. The example Lois Annie set for her descendants is one of total faith in God, humility, good works and the ability to "count your blessings where you find em."
The story chronicles the recovery of treasures found when Lois Annie was leaving her home of over fifty years; those treasures and information regarding a lost member of the family are found in circumstances one can only describe as "miraculous".
Dell's main interests have revolved around documenting the history of her family in rural Northeast Florida and spending time with their daughter Shaida, Shaida's husband Peter, Dell and Naser's son, Bobby and family, Liz , Justin Lee and Anna Marie .
Daughter, Shaida and husband Peter, are also documenting their lives in professional photos and movies.
Dell hopes to leave just a little history of who she was and what wonderful examples her "Hero" set for those who follow.
This is the first professionally published work but the fourth of personal memories to her first cousin, Robert Dale Smith and also to her two Aunts, Maude and Juanita, her Daddy’s only sisters.
The author notes a birthday letter received by her terminally ill father on his 77th birthday from her first cousin, Robert Dale Smith of Nashville, Tennessee in which he was able to put to pen his thoughts, feelings, love and inspiration derived from a lifetime of following her father's life and examples. The letter so opened a floodgate of emotions for the author, she has felt compelled to write her own love, respect and emotions for her loved ones and was able to offer the love in her heart to both of her aunts before their passing from this earth. One of the driving forces to begin the task of writing her memories was derived from Robert Dale's birthday which her father always said deserved a very special 'something' when he reached a certain age. Her father did not make it to that day and the author wrote the first book as a tribute to her father and to fulfill that special 'something' he felt Robert Dale deserved on his special day.
The story of Lois Annie is one of sorrow and suffering but also faith, hope and fulfillment as well and the author's hope is that her readers will be able to feel and understand the depth of emotion and respect for a truly inspirational woman of faith.