Yeah, her in-ring face work was solid and it makes me wonder what she could have done if she had been a face later on in her career. With that said, I'm glad she was a heel for the majority of her career because she really helped to hold up the division's match quality in her heel role. At the time, she was one of the few heels who was having interesting matches whereas a lot of the heels rested on the laurels with rest holds.
But back to her face work, I'm sure most of the people who call her a terrible face wrestler have little knowledge of her work and just use it as a blind talking point. The loving life All-American girl thing was bland and not well thought-out at all, but her ring work was fine.