Graduated from the high school, Carthage, Missouri.
Teacher, Jasper County, Missouri, 1945-1947; director literacy program, Anchorage Literature Project, 1974-1979; consultant, American Heart Association, Joplin, Missouri, 1980; director, American Red Cross, Carthage, Missouri, 1983; freelance writer, since 1980; literacy writer, since 1975; editor, New Missouri Reader, Laubach Literacy Action, Carthage, since 1989. Board directors Anchorage Literacy Project, 1974-1979, Area Adult Basic Education, Granby, Missouri, 1989-1991. Member of national certification committee Laubach Literacy Action, Syracuse, New York, 1984-1987.
Director State Adult Education Conference, Anchorage, 1978, Poetry Retreat, Ginger Blue, Missouri, 1983, Writers' Retreat, Roaring River, Missouri, 1984. Member Laubach Literacy Action, Ozarks Writers League, Ozark Writers and Artists Guild (president 1991), Carthage Writers Guild.
Married Louis Burton Jones, November 29, 1946. Children: Emily Barth, Janey Minkler, Lois Buckalew, Alice Herdina, Logan Jones.