Women Elders Speak is the latest book project from third generation Montanan and Bozeman octogenarian Jo Anne Salisbury Troxel. This now retired English teacher was known by her students to enjoy challenging them to think in new ways. A teacher to her core, her peppery spirit is like a flare in the night sky, an invitation to add beauty, to connect, and offer the light of hope to these dark and difficult days. Jo Anne s contagious spirit inspires individuals to act and speak out and this book is a testament to her effectiveness. Together Jo Anne with her dear friend, a friend who thinks very differently from her, Dr. Marcia Prather, contacted women in their inner circles with a simple request: share your experience of the 2020 Spring Pandemic. Forty-two women responded to their call and I've had the pleasure of interacting with nearly all of them. This is their book.