Carolyn Hicks Metcalf was born on January 1, 1900, in Winthrop, Massachusetts to Ben Hicks Metcalf and Maude Fossett. She and her husband, Dorman Milburn Ulf, had one son, Richard in 1925, and one daughter, Carol in 1927. The marriage ended in divorce.
She died in May 1977 at Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC at the age of 77. She had been living with her son and daughter-in-law, Margaret, at 3214 Porter St. NW.