Bachelor, Drury University, 1956. Master of Science in Art, Pittsburg State University, Kansas, 1968.
Society writer Springfield News & Leader & Press, 1955—1956. Hostess radio program Station KSEK, Pittsburg, Kansas, 1962—1963. Teacher art and home economics Hurley (Missouri) High School, 1956—1957.
Art supervisor elementary school Mountain Grove, Missouri, 1960. Teacher art Hickory Hills School, Springfield, 1960—1961. Teacher art and English junior and senior schools, Baxter Springs, Kansas, 1965—1975.
Art coordinator Joplin (Missouri) Elementary School District, since 1975. Lecturer in field; chairman for Southwest Missouri, National Youth Art Month.
Board directors Spiva Art Center. Secretary Parents without Partners, CV & Forest Engineer Credit Union. Board recorder Southwest Missouri Credit Unions.
Member of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Education Association, American Association of University Women (Second vice president Joplin branch), Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Pittsburg State University Alumni Association (secretary, president Joplin branch), Joplin Community Concert Association, Southwest Missouri Museum Association, Missouri Education Association, Southwest Missouri District Art Teachers, Missouri Art Education Association, National Art Education Association, Association Childhood Education International (president Joplin branch, president Missouri state), Writers of Six Bulls, Joplin Writer's Guild, Cafe au Lait Club.
Married Buckley Blaine Van Hooser, March 28, 1956 (divorced). Children: Buckley Blaine II, Craig Alan.