Graduated from the high school, Ashland, Oregon.
Bookkeeper, Pierson Production, Lynwood, South Gate, California, 1940-1950's; bookkeeper, Map Brass Products, Lynwood, South Gate, 1940-1950's; co-operator, Pierson Brass Foundry, South Gate, 1950's; co-operator, Sunset Beach Airport, Huntington Beach, California, 1955-1957; bookkeeper, Wm. Nankervis Building Contractors, Garden Grove, California, 1958-1967; operator, owner, Sunnyside Guest Ranch, Rogue River, Oregon, 1968-1976; operator, owner, May Hill Tree and Art Farm, Rogue River, since 1987. Workshop instructor, southern Oregon, 1970's-80's.
Founder Woodville Fine Arts Association and Gallery, Rogue River, 1968-1988. Member founding board Grants Pass (Oregon) Museum Art, since 1979, chair board, since 2001. Founder Women Artists Cascades, Oregon, since 1982, Hillary Rodham Clinton Fan Club, 1995-2000, Great We Artists Retreats.
Member Josephine County, Cultural Trust.
Married William Melvin Nankervis, May 9, 1957 (deceased 1995). Children: Craig Melvin, Sylvia Kay, Michael Scott.