Helen was born on August 5, 1925 in Massena, NY to Louise and Bernard Dobbins. Helen passed away peacefully March 23, 2019 at Sunrise Senior Living in Sunnyvale, Calif. She had a rather turbulent childhood - losing her mother at the age of eight - losing their farm to fire and living through the depression. Helen moved to Washington D.C. after high school and became a secretary - eventually working at the Chamber of Commerce and the Pentagon. Helen loved to paint and attended art school in the evenings. Later in life she received several awards for her 'Still Life oil paintings’. She also loved to read and write poetry. Helen met her first husband John Louis Lapp in San Francisco when she moved out west. 'Johnny' as she liked to call him was working and going to school. He eventually taught Biology and was considered a Naturalist for his love of the out of doors and birdwatching.