License Plattsburgh State Normal School, 1937. Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood, State University of New York-Plattsburgh, 1973.
Teacher District 3 Beekmantown, 1937—1941. With family farm, 1940—1965. Farm operator, 1964—1973.
Assistant director Migrant Mexican Day Care Center, 1973. Historian Clinton County, Plattsburgh, from 1978. Chairman women's committee Farm Bureau.
Member State Women's Committee. President Clinton County Farm Bureau. Secretary, treasurer North-East Local Dairymen's League.
Chairman Clinton County's Bicentennial Celebration, 1988.
Member of New York State Association County Historians (secretary), Clinton County History Association, North County Local Historians Association (associate).
Married Francis Matthew Shields, November 21, 1940 (deceased 1964). Children: Charlotte Frances, Charles Howard.