Born in a rural Mennonite community near Tofield, AB; deafened in early age from measles and fevers. Had a deaf horse, Erma, during childhood. Attended the Manitoba School for the Deaf, then the Saskatchewan School for the Deaf. Worked in a bakery for a year, then met and married Alfred "Fred" Parser, also deaf; became a stay-at-home mother; later made handcrafts and sold them through craft shows and stores.
Deaf Women of Canada, p.198.