Gambutti was born in Post-WWII South Carolina, adopted and raised in an Air Force family, and is in reunion with her biological family. The strength she earned from her gardening and healthcare careers served her in rehabilitation from a hemorrhagic stroke at fifty-seven. Since retirement, she has pursued her love of words, writing the memoirs and personal essays which bring her solace and the satisfaction of publication in journals and books. She is an adoptee rights advocate, a devoted wife and partner, mom, nana, and friend to a tiny toy poodle. She lives in Lewes, DE.