Diploma in nursing, St. John's McNamara Hospital, Rapid City, South Dakota, 1954. Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education, Yankton College, 1956. Master of Arts in Counseling, University South Dakota, 1986.
Medicare home health nurse, Yankton County, 1968-1969; staff nurse, Mikkelson Nursing Home, Shalom Health Care Center, Yankton, South Dakot, 1971-1979; staff nurse, Riverview Care Center, Yankton, South Dakot, 1979-1984; counselor, therapist, Benedictine Family Superior vena cava syndrome, Yankton, 1986-1992; owner, Hamvas Counseling Center, Yankton, since 1992.
Member American Counseling Association (formerly American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry), South Dakota Association Counseling and Development.
Married Lewis Hamvas, July 9, 1955. Children: Aaron, Daniel, Cassandra, Nathan, Toby.