Helen truly celebrated traditional Jazz and its musicians during every season and every holiday, especially Mardi Gras, with her innovative grace, style and her devilish grin. Born and raised in Berkley, WV; Helen discovered her spiritual home in New Orleans in 1985. She and her husband Ralph were married for 53 years. Once they moved to New Orleans fulltime in 2001, they enjoyed live music everyday of the year. Her other great joy was their two sons, Eric (Diana) and Craig and their two grandchildren, Jennifer and Jeremy, and Helen and Ralph’s adopted jazz family, giving moral support and housing them when needed.

To keep Helen’s jazz-loving spirit alive, her family requested that donations be made to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.