I can't support a supposition that VM was mentally ill. The biggest factor to the contrary was she took care of children privately throughout her life. No parents would want a mentally ill person around their children. My impression of VM is that she was a mentally strong person due to her childhood. Quirky perhaps, intensely private, but she was dedicated, both to her employers and her photography. It seems apparent that she also had a strong will and a strong opinion. Calling her mentally ill seems odd to me, like a presupposition based on a personal experience. One thing about VM that I have noticed is that people tend to project themselves onto her. I see this time and time again. Maybe the answer Noble seeks lies in himself/herself. VM mentally ill? I just don't think there is any evidence.