Student, Chatham College, Pittsburgh, 1928-1930; Bachelor, Wilson College, 1932.
Critic, National Writers' Club, 1951-1953; columnist, Cornucopia and Tejas, 1953-1956; columnist, Carlisle (Pennsylvania) Evening Sentinel, 1953-1970. National consultant Poetry Therapy Association. Contest judge; United States representative 2nd World Congress of Poets.
Senior leader Girl Scouts United States, Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania, 1948-1951. Volunteer American Red Cross, Child Care Project, 1971-1972. Member Poetry Society of America, Academy American Poets, Poetry Therapy Association, United Federation of State Poetry Societies, United Poets Laureate International.
Married William Thomas Swaim, December 27, 1932. Children: Elizabeth Anne, Kathleen MacKenzie.