Daughter of Bruce Pelham and Dagmar Nissen. She was a registered nurse who graduated from the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux City, Iowa in 1945. She m1. John Thomas Ringlbauer in 1946. He died in 1953. She m2. Wallace Woodrow Brown in 1971. She was a nurse all her life, working in doctor's offices, Disneyland, and at a college health service.