Nora Jean Isabel Camp was born in Calgary in 1916. She was also known as Mickey, and as Camp. She graduated from Crescent Heights High School in Calgary and from Calgary Normal School. She taught for five years in various districts of Alberta before resigning and moving to Dawson, Yukon in 1941. In Dawson, she worked as a waitress at the Bluebird Restaurant and wrote the social column for the Dawson newspaper. She taught school in Carcross from 1942 to 1944 and then in Whitehorse from 1945 to 1947. In 1947, she moved to Powell River, British Columbia, and was living there in 1996. In 1948, she married Lawrence "Scotty" de Wynter. They had five children.