She held down many a job, working as a dishwasher, a cook, a waitress, a dance-hall girl, a nurse, an ox team driver, a scout, and more in order to support her family.
Despite being recognized mainly for her grit and fire, she was also said to show compassion to the sick and poor.
She has two children with William P Steers. Her daughter, Jean, was put up for adoption.
She was a famous associate of Wild Bill Hickok.