Art student, Cornish School, 1938-1939; art student, P. Camfferman, E. Zeigler,, and others, 1941-1946; art student, Factory of Visual Arts, 1970-1974; art student, Janet Laurel, 1981-1985; student nursing, Seattle Pacific College Registered Nurse, Swedish Hospital.
Organizer, member Nellie Goodhue Group Homes for the Retarded, Seattle, since 1970. Member American Red Cross, Texas, since 1963, Down Syndrome Congress, Atlanta, since 1971. Member National League of America Pen Women (award of excellence 1987), Women Painters of Washington (president 1984-1986), Women in the Arts (charter, Washington), Seattle Art Museum, Puget Sound Sumi Artists, Olympic Arts (president 1992-1993).
Married Dwight M. Gowdey, December 4, 1945. Children: Kathleen A. Hesseltine, Christine E., Sharon L.