Helen was born on April 30, 1926, to Alva and Rosina (Gooby) Wiley on the family farm. She was the fourth of six children. Helen grew up on the family farm and attended the Wewela School through the eighth grade.
Helen and her sister Vi moved to Winner where she started her working career in the early 1940’s. Her first job was a cashier and running the Western Union Telegraph at the Peacock Café. Helen’s second job was a bookkeeper for the Westside Market and Gas Station. She then moved to the Winner Courthouse and worked in the Assessor’s Office. This was a job she loved until retirement due to health reasons. Helen was very proud of her self-taught skills and many accomplishments through her career.
Labor Day was a busy time of the year for Helen as she could always be found fixing dinner and a variety of homemade pies for family. Aunt Helen’s home was always open to family where she became a second mother to her nieces and nephews. Helen gave good advice and a lot of love to her family and friends. Helen enjoyed knitting, picking apples from her apple tree and watering her many African Violets.
In 1996, Helen moved to the Elder Inn where she enjoyed her new home and many friends. She then moved to the Winner Regional Healthcare Center until the time of her death.