Cora was the daughter of Elwood & Lela (Harris) Sapp. She was married to William Robert Kingery. They were the parents of two sons: Clyde Everett and Earl Caddock Kingery.
Cora married her second husband, Russell, some time after the death of her first husband. She bought a pool hall in Belle Plains, Iowa. She & Russell lived upstairs in the building. After Cora became sick, her sons brought her to Des Moines to live with them.