Lovelace was reared in an evangelical Protestant home in Alabama. As a young woman she served for five years as a missionary in Japan. She married Thomas Howard in 1965 and became an Episcopalian and raised their children in that denomination. In the 1980’s, when she learned of Tom’s journey to the Catholic faith, she was sympathetic but frightened. She supported Tom but couldn’t but couldn’t follow for eight years. Reading St. Francis de Sales helped her in her journey. She came to realize that, in her thinking as a Protestant, she had always thought everything needed to be approved by her for her to accept it. God used the publishing of the Catechism of the Catholic Church finally bring her Home to the Church.