Maria Nikolaevna was born in the village of Tugiyany of Beryozovsky District of Tyumen Oblast. She graduated from the primary school in the village of Polnovat. She worked at the collective farm named after M. V. Frunze at various jobs. In the mid-1950s, due to the consolidation of the collective farms, she moved to the village of Polnovat. Folklore texts recorded from Maria Nikolaevna were published in the Okrug national newspaper "Khanty Yasang", and were broadcast on the Okrug national radio.