Mary Lee Jacobs was born in Carlisle, Pa on March 26, 1913. Her parents names were Thomas Ralph Jacobs and Flora Alma Lee. Mary's father passed away before her admission to college. She attended Carlisle High School and was affiliated with the Episcopal Church. After graduating from Carlisle she matriculated to Wilson College and then to Dickinson College. She graduated from Dickinson in 1934 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She married William H. Sayers and became employed at Carlisle Evening Sentinel. She died in Carlisle Hospital on September 5 at the age of 60. She was killed in a car accident the previous Saturday.