Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Helen was born on March 14, 1902, in Prescott, Arizona, daughter of Charles Born Jr. and Margaret Barney Johnson Born. She grew up in Prescott and lived at 418 Weaver Street. She was a member of St. Lukeís Episcopal Church where she was baptized, confirmed and married.

Helen attended Washington School and graduated from Prescott High School in 1920. She was an actress in high school plays and at the Elkís Theater. She also worked at the Elkís Theater where her father, Charles Born Jr., was manager. Helen briefly attended the University of Southern California and the Egan School of Dramatics in Los Angeles. She was an avid bridge player most of her life.

On July 15, 1925 she married William Leland Royer at St. Lukeís Episcopal Church. They then moved to Battle Creek, Michigan, where they raised three children: Marjory Helen Royer West, born August 14, 1926; Charles William Royer, born November 21, 1928; and Barbara Blanche Royer Rost, born March 30, 1930. Helen had seven granddaughters.

Helen and her husband retired to Sun City, Arizona in the 1960s. In 1975, Helen and Leland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at St. Lukeís Episcopal Church.

Helen passed away on September 21, 1992, in Sun City. She was buried with her husband William Leland Royer in Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City, Arizona.

Helenís grandmother Elle Johnston Burns, her mother Margaret Barney Johnston Born, and her sister Mary Alice Born Heller Noyes are also commemorated in the Territorial Womenís Memorial Rose Garden.

Donor: Eleanor Scheman and West Scheman, granddaughters
January 2012

Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.