Alta was born on Good Friday, April 6, 1928 in Chicago, Il. She lived on the Southside of Chicago with her mother and brother. She came from a loving and religious family, even though they had little in the way of material things, in the way of family values Alta considered them wealthy. Her mother loved her brother and Alta very much and made sure they understood that. Alta earned a bachelor degree in Education and a Master Degree in Music Education, from the Chicago Conservatory of Music, a Master Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Master of Jurisprudence in Child and Family Law from Loyola University of Chicago. She completed her student teaching at the University of Chicago. At the time of her death in 2015, she had eight children, four girls and four boys, sixteen grand children and four great-grand children.