Helen Mae Leonard Sims
Born: 12 January 1885 Died: 24 April 1958
Helen grew up in Ottawa County as the oldest child of George and Minnie Leonard. She married Frank Sims in 1904, and surely loved being a caretaker. They had a large family of eleven children: Ray, Roy, Pearl Minnie, Oscar, Esther, Anna, Ruth, James, Hazel, Buford and Ramona.
Helen’s husband Frank was a farm worker for several years, but later the family moved into Miami, where he worked as a laborer. A report in the Miami News-Record in August of 1928 tells of the tragic death of Frank and Helen’s son Oscar, who died from injuries after he was gored by a bull in Arthur, Nebraska. He was only nineteen years old. Helen passed away in 1958 and was buried just north of her family’s allotments, in Melrose, Kansas. Her youngest daughter Ramona (Sims) Brubaker passed away in 2013. Before his death in 2011, Helen’s son James gave the tribal archives some photos of his family, including a photo of Helen. Also included in the tribal archive collections are some photos from her daughter Hazel, who served for several years in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II.