Cleo came to Australia in 1969 from the USA. In 1971 she met and married her husband who was serving in the Royal Australian Navy. His tours of Vietnam were on HMAS Perth II and HMAS Sydney. They were married for 42 years before he passed away. They have 3 children and Cleo also now has 6 grandchildren.
After Kevin left the navy in 1973, they moved to Kangaroo Island where Kevin helped run the family business and Cleo took up home duties. Kevin started to have breakdowns which were eventually diagnosed as PTSD. Cleo has experience as to how living with someone with PTS affected the whole family.
Cleo is a member of The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia. This ex-service organization is dedicated to the welfare and wellbeing of the partner and family. Cleo is currently active with both state and national boards.