Born in Bristol, she had poetic and artistic talents. She trained as a nurse in order to go to China in 1948, but was soon forced to leave by the Communist take-over. She then became principal of the women's training centre at Kwadaso in Ghana, working among the Ashanti women. Called back to London to play a part in developing a new missionary strategy to take account of the autonomous churches overseas, she became the editor of MMS publications, travelled widely and was a strong promoter of inter-faith dialogue. In her retirement at Bristol she taught at Wesley College. Her autobiography (Bristol, 1991) was entitled Journeying into Openness.