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 did—dolls, kittens, neighbor boys—anyone 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 Children’s 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."
Though Etta Degering passed away in 1996, the beautifully told stories that she left behind continue to teach children about Jesus.