Shirley Brockbank Paxman received her B.S. and M.S. from BYU in Child Development and Family Relations. She received her R.N. from Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Paxman taught Child Development at BYU and Nursing at Utah Valley State College until 1979, when she left to help open the McCurdy Historical Doll Museum. She has co-authored numerous magazine articles and five books including Homespun: Domestic Arts and Crafts of the Mormon Pioneers. She married Monroe J. Paxman in 1942 and has seven children and twenty-four grandchildren. Paxman is an active member of the LDS Church and has served in all the Church auxiliary programs as teacher and officer. She served as a member of the Provo School Board for eight years and as Vice-President of the Academy Square Foundation for 20 years. She describes herself as a feminist and activist for just causes.
LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
B.S. and M.S. from BYU in Child Development and Family Relations, R.N. from Holy Cross Hospital