Evelyn Elizabeth Hamilton was born on July 31, 1942, to George Harvey Hamilton and Irma Elizabeth West, in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Hill Junior High School in Denver, Colorado, and later graduated from Rowland Hall School for Girls in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1960. She earned her BS in Psychology from the University of Washington in 1964. After that, she took classes at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, 1964-1966. She earned her MA in Psychology from the University of Nebraska in 1975.
Sometime before 1975, she married to Jack Shroder, a professor in the Department of Geology/Geography at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. They divorced sometime before 1988. She married editor and publisher Philip Boatright in 1988 and they remained married until her death.
She intermittently took classes from Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, from 1990 through 1998. She worked a variety of jobs through her life, including teacher, counselor, laboratory research assistant, museum curator, film producer, poet, and artist. She was a disciple of the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and a member of the Al-Jerrahi Order of Dirvishes.
She died on November 8, 2000, in Tucson, Arizona.
In documents, her name appears variously as Evelyn Elizabeth Hamilton, Evelyn Hamilton Shroder, Evelyn Elizabeth Shroder, Evelyn Elizabeth Boatright, Evelyn Hamilton Boatright.