Rhea Higbee Wakeling was born May 8, 1886 in Toquerville, Utah, to Lorine Isbell Lamb and Richard Tate Higbee. Her father owned a peach orchard and her mother was the Post Mistress. She was the second of five children. She grew up partcipating in the local social life in Toquerville, Leeds, Silver Reef and Virgin. She was educated and had some musical training as well. She used her talents teaching school in Graftonm, playing the organ with the Toquerville Orchestra.and participating in many local drama productions. She married A. T. Wakeling on February 12, 1908. They had six children, Alma, Lillian, Wendell, Winnie, LaRee and Loren.