Jayne Walters was born April 23, 1918 in Salt Lake City, Utah; graduated from high school in Portland. Walters attended Oregon State College from 1936 to 1940, when she earned a BS in Secretarial Science. Walters served as news editor of the Barometer campus newspaper, associate editor of the Lamplighter, and assistant editor of the student directory. After graduation and during the years of World War II, she lived in Seaside, Astoria, and Portland. She married Lawrence Ballman in 1962. Walters died in Warrenton, Oregon on June 17, 1995.