In 1949, she married her husband, Bill, a fellow graduate of the University of Dayton. Approximately four years later, they adopted a girl, Betsy, and Erma chose to trade in her formal career in journalism to focus on her home, though she did write for the Dayton Shopping News one year. In 1955, Erma gave birth to her and Bill's first son, Andrew, who was followed by a second son, Matthew, in 1958.
Six years later, Erma returned to writing, publishing a series of columns in the local paper. In 1965, the Dayton Journal Herald also called for more of her work, and so began Erma's career as a nationally beloved humorist.
Erma also wrote fifteen books, most of which sold extremely well.
Erma Bombeck's Books:
- At Wits' End
- Just Wait Til You Have Children of Your Own
- I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression
- The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank
- If Life is a Bowl of Cherries -- What Am I Doing in the Pits?
- Aunt Erma's Cope Book
- Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession
- Family — The Ties that Bind...and Gag!
- I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise: Children Surviving Cancer
- When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home
- A Marriage Made in Heaven...Or Too Tired for an Affair
- All I Know About Animal Behavior, I Learned in Loehmann's Dressing Room
- Forever Erma: Best-Loved Writing From America's Favorite Humorist