Bachelor, State University Iowa, 1937. Master of Arts in Painting, State University Iowa, 1939. Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking, California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, 1955.
Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Western New Mexico University, 2001.
Professor art Western New Mexico University, Silver City, 1948-1981, professor emeritus, since 1981. Professional painter/printmaker McCray Studios. Owner, director Atelren '08 Art Gallery, Silver City, New Mexico.
Married Francis F. McCray, August 6, 1938 (deceased January 1960). 1 child, Peter Michael.