Irita Barnard is a native of Missouri. She and her husband have a home and vineyard east of Lebanon, Missouri. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management/Engineering Administration from Park University of Parkville, Missouri.
In 2007, she retired from the Department of the Army with thirty-five years service, where she worked in facilities management. After retirement, Irita has dedicated much of her time to the church, teaching young people, publishing the church bulletin and church newsletter and writing short stories.