Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Born in Prescott on October 19, 1871, Helen was the daughter of Judge Edmund W. and Rosa Banghart Wells of Del Rio Ranch. She attended local schools then Mills College in Oakland, California, and the Boston Conservatory of Music in Massachusetts.

She married Harry William Heap, owner of Prescott Sanitary Laundry and later a mayor of Prescott, on October 5, 1899, on her parents' 30th wedding anniversary, in the Wells' home on the southeast corner of Cortez and Carleton streets. The ceremony was called "the most brilliant society event ever witnessed in Prescott."

The couple had two sons: Wells and Joe (1906).

Helen was a charter member of the Sharlot Hall Historical Society, and she and Mrs. Alpheus Favour were the first two ladies for whom roses were planted in the museum's memorial garden. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the Christian Scientist Church, and a charter member of the Monday Club.

Interviewed on her 90th birthday, Helen said her simple philosophy of life was "Give thanks to Our Lord for each day and enjoy to the fullest each day on earth that He gives you." She was asked, "How does it feel to reach the ripe old age of 90?" Her reply: "Just fine. I don't feel any different than when I was 60."

Her mother, Rosa Banghart, is also represented in the Rose Garden. Helen died on January 9, 1964, and was buried in Mountain View Mausoleum.

Donor: Museum Rose Garden

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