Before her death in an Augusta hospital in 1976, she was regarded as a leading developer of Augusta's arts scene. She overcame polio as a child to graduate from Columbia University and study painting in France for five years. She founded The Augusta Players in 1945, which still is one of the oldest arts organizations in Georgia. She also founded Planned Parenthood of Augusta, was a founding member of the Augusta Art Club, was past president of the Junior League and was active in the League of Women Voters. She personally built in Augusta in 1950 the first permanent theater in America exclusively for the presentation of puppet plays, which lasted four years. About 100 of her unique puppet creations, known as "doll actors," are in the archives of the theater department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill.