Born in San Francisco, she operated a gardening and landscaping business in Seattle with her first husband. They purchased Jedediah Island in 1949. NOw a marine park, it's between Lasqueti and Texada Islands in the Gulf of Georgia. She is the author of:

Jedediah Days: One Woman's Island Paradise (Harbour, 1998)
ABC's of West Coast Gardening (Harbour 2002)

[BCBW 2004] "Gardens"