Belle Paxson Drury was the daughter of Stephen Paxson. She was educated at Monticello Seminary, Godfrey, Illinois, and then graduated from Methodist Female College, Jacksonville, Illinois, in 1863. Remaining at college, she became a teacher. She married Charles J. Drury in 1867 and had two children. She wrote various articles about nature, gardening and religion.
A Fruitful Life: The Missionary Labors of Stephen Paxson