Born: November 14, 1863, Wardle, England.
Died: November 1, 1961, at her home in Seattle, Washington.
Cremated: Location of ashes is unknown.
Daughter of a Methodist minister, Helen emigrated from England with her family to America when she was 12 years old. They first settled in Mississippi, then relocated to Wisconsin.
She moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1904, and for three years was music critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
While interviewing German singer Ernestine Schumann-Hein, Helen was persuaded to go to Europe. A gifted singer, she studied music in Germany for four years.
Upon return to America, she began giving concerts and traveling on the Chautauqua circuit. Eventually, she became a vocal music teacher at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois.
After retirement, she moved back to Seattle, where she was a member of the Ballard Baptist Church.
Among her works are a hymnal used by evangelist Billy Sunday for over a decade. Lemmel and a women’s choral group she directed were part of Sunday’s group at the peak of his career. She is said to have written about 400 hymns.