Bachelor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1943; teaching credential, University of California, Sacramento, 1970.
Teacher remedial reading, Grant School District, RioTierra-Sacramento, California, 1965-1966; teacher English as a second language, other subjects, Sacramento City Adult Schools, 1966-1986; teacher English as a second language, other subjects, Grant Adult Schools, North Highlands, California, since 1986; freelance writer, since 1975. Lecturer on writing American River College, Sacramento, 1982.
Member citizens advisory Sacramento County Solid Waste Reclamation, 1975-1980. Member American Society Journalists and Authors, International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, Outdoor Writers California.
Married Donald Joseph Ertel, September 28, 1946. Children: Eileen Aeriel, Adrienne Marie.