Bachelor in English, University Missouri, Kansas City, 1953. Master of Arts in English, Northwest Missouri State University, 1990.
Rural elementary teacher, Cameron, Missouri, 1948-1950; elementary teacher 2d grade, Independence, Missouri, 1950-1954; teacher secondary Spanish, Fairfax, Missouri, 1984-1987; instructor writing, Tarkio (Missouri) College, 1988-1990; professional writer, researcher and typist, Missouri Writer, Fairfax, since 1990.
Volunteer, gift shop buyer Community Hospital Fairfax, 1973-1978, cookbook committee, Methodist Church. Reader Iowa Commission for Blind. Member American Association of University Women.
Married Newcomb Lee Cleveland, August 5, 1950. Children: Kathy, Joe, Margo, Karen, Harvey, Don, Roger.