then American; born Australian
Born at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; deaf at 15 months of age from illness. Her family moved frequently during her youth, so she attended a variety of schools in different countries. At age 2 1/2, entered St. Mary's Oral School for the Deaf, Portsea, Australia; at age 5, her family moved to Corvallis, Oregon, where she attended a regular public school without interpreter or special class. At age 9, her family went to England and she attended St. John's School for the Deaf, Boston Spa, Yorkshire, until age 11 when they moved to Canada, settling in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She attended the Interprovincial School for the Deaf at Amherst, Nova Scotia. The family moved one last time to Manitoba, and she graduated the Manitoba School for the Deaf. She then went to Gallaudet College for 2 years but then dropped out to marry fellow Gallaudet student Buddy Huntley, an American. They settled in Illinois and, after raising a family, she continued college at Black Hawk College, Moline, Illinois. In 1994 she finally graduated college at Northern Illinois University. Working life included 4 years at John Deere; substitute teacher for deaf and hard of hearing students in Moline schools; and part-time teacher of ASL and Deaf-related classes at Black Hawk College. As of 2001, she was coordinating and instructing in the interpreter training program at Scott Community College, Bettendorf, Iowa.
Deaf Women in Canada, p.117-118.