She was born in 1859 in Denmark and moved to the US as a new bride in 1880. She came from an affluent Danish family and married a prosperous Chicago businessman. She was a very successful philanthropist and worked very hard to raise money for causes she deemed significant, including The Home. Unlike the traditional Danish stereotype, she was very chatty, loved reading women’s journals (her favorite being the popular Woman), keeping in-the-know about neighborhood gossip, and often had the newest fashions. She wasn’t very domestic but was very interested in social trends (to the dismay of Emma!). However, she never forgot the goal that she and the other 11 Founding Women strived for – to open a home to care for elderly Danish-Americans in Chicago.