Born in Springfield on Feb. 22, 1914, daughter of Jeremiah P. and Elizabeth R. May Enright, she was a 1931 graduate of Cathedral High School, where she was a member of the drama and debate clubs. She was a 1936 graduate of Westfield State College with a degree in elementary education. From 1938 to 1939, she was employed as a junior high school teacher in Newport, Vt.She
returned to Westfield State College
to obtain more credit in elementary education.She
then returned to Newport and taught grades 1 through 4. She moved to Egremont in 1940 and was employed as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse, teaching eight grades simultaneously.
During World War II, she
was a spotter for planes at the former Old Creamery.