Helen Shank (1912 - 2001)

Helen Shank
1912 - 2001
updated February 06, 2019
Helen Shank was born on September 10, 1912. She died on March 1, 2001 at 88 years of age. We know that Helen Shank had been residing in Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona 85365.

ADVERTISEMENT BY ANCESTRY.COM

Helen Shank Biography

Vital facts & highlights of Helen's life to share with the world

Most Commonly Known Name

Helen Shank

First name

Helen

Middle name

Unknown.

Maiden name

Unknown.

Last Name(s)

Nickname(s) or aliases

Gender

Female

Birth

Helen Shank was born on

Death

Helen Shank died on

Cause of death

There is no cause of death listed for Helen.

Burial / Funeral

Do you know the final resting place - gravesite in a cemetery or location of cremation - of Helen Shank?

Obituary

Unknown.

Ethnicity & Lineage

What is Helen's ethnicity and where did her parents, grandparents & great-grandparents come from?

Nationality & Locations Lived

Unknown.

Religion

Unknown. Was Helen a religious woman?

Last Known Residence

Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona 85365

Education

Did Helen finish grade school, get a GED, go to high school, get a college degree or masters? What schools or universities did Helen attend?

Professions

Share what Helen did for a living or if she had a career or profession.

Personal Life & Organizations

Share some highlights of Helen's personal life & organizations in which they participated.

Military Service

Did Helen serve in the military or did a war or conflict interfere with her life?

Average Age

Life Expectancy

Looking for a different Helen Shank?
View other bios of people named Helen Shanks
Back to Top

Helen Shank Family Tree

Helen's immediate relatives including parents, siblings, partnerships and children in the Shank family tree.

Helen's Family

Add a parent
Add a parent
Helen Shank
Add a partner
Add a child
Add a partner
Add a child
Add a sibling

Friends:

Click to add friends & family.

Helen's Family Photos

We currently do not have photos of Helen Shank. Below are potential family photos that share Helen's last name or surname. Pictures really do say a thousand words. Add photos of Helen during various points of her life

ADVERTISEMENT BY ANCESTRY.COM

Share Memories about Helen

What do you remember about Helen Shank? Share your memories of special moments and stories you have heard about her. Or just leave a comment to show the world that Helen is remembered.

Helen Shank Obituary

This obit of Helen Shank is maintained by Helen's followers. Contribute to her obituary and include details such as cemetery, burial, newspaper obituary and grave or marker inscription if available.

Helen Shank died on March 1, 2001 at 88 years of age. She was born on September 10, 1912. There is no information about Helen's family. We know that Helen Shank had been residing in Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona 85365.
Followers & Sources
Other Records of Helen Shank

1912 - 2001 World Events

Refresh this page to see various historical events that occurred during Helen's lifetime

In 1912, in the year that Helen Shank was born, the RMS Titanic sank in April. The RMS Titanic was a British built and run passenger liner that was billed as "unsinkable." On its maiden voyage from Southampton England to New York City, carrying about 2,224 passengers and crew - from the wealthiest people in the world to poor emigrants from Europe, the Titanic hit an iceberg. Five of her watertight compartments failed but she was designed to survive only 4 being flooded. She began to sink. There were only enough lifeboats for about half of the passengers so over 1,000 remained behind while "women and children first" were loaded. Over 1500 died, making it the largest maritime disaster in modern history.

In 1935, when she was 23 years old, on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1949, by the time she was 37 years old, comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1975, when she was 63 years old, on September 5th, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford in Sacramento, California. She failed when her gun wouldn't fire. President Ford escaped a second assassination attempt 17 days later on September 22 when Sarah Jane Moore tried to shoot him in San Francisco. A bystander saw her raise her arm, grabbed it, and the shot went wild.

In 1988, by the time she was 76 years old, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Other Biographies

Other Helen Shanks

around 1924 - Unknown
Mar 18, 1926 - Mar 4, 2013
Dec 31, 1969 - Nov 20, 1973
Aug 22, 1908 - Jan 25, 1994
Nov 28, 1900 - August 1987
Nov 14, 1898 - September 1972
Jun 22, 1931 - Sep 18, 2009
Jul 24, 1915 - Oct 24, 1991
Jun 27, 1914 - October 1991
May 10, 1905 - Aug 24, 1999
Sep 3, 1928 - Mar 26, 2008
Jun 15, 1923 - October 1979
Dec 16, 1932 - Jun 17, 2005
Sep 20, 1910 - November 1993
Nov 22, 1908 - Apr 10, 2003
Oct 26, 1913 - December 1979
Aug 25, 1916 - Mar 30, 2000
Jan 27, 1912 - May 1977
Sep 21, 1924 - Oct 31, 2003
Mar 4, 1906 - Oct 28, 1994

Other Shanks

Jul 16, 1891 - July 1992
May 4, 1908 - July 1975
Jul 19, 1905 - April 1982
Jul 30, 1917 - Feb 14, 2002
Oct 6, 1911 - March 1975
Jul 1, 1921 - Jan 20, 1990
Aug 13, 1903 - January 1969
Feb 12, 1923 - Jun 28, 1998
Feb 28, 1924 - Jan 4, 1991
Aug 28, 1923 - May 22, 2005
Aug 15, 1922 - Sep 19, 1997
Feb 3, 1905 - Jan 22, 1998
Oct 13, 1883 - Aug 15, 1966
Nov 29, 1946 - Mar 18, 2007
Jan 14, 1883 - February 1971
Aug 3, 1886 - August 1971
Sep 9, 1959 - May 1979
Sep 9, 1900 - March 1985
Mar 13, 1913 - June 1968

Other Bios

Dec 7, 1917 - Oct 4, 2000
Sep 18, 1916 - Aug 16, 1989
Sep 3, 1918 - April 1976
Aug 20, 1919 - Jul 15, 2007
Jan 4, 1915 - March 1980
Jan 9, 1908 - April 1986
Jan 9, 1915 - Jan 3, 2007
Jul 31, 1906 - Jun 23, 2002
Jun 19, 1912 - Aug 20, 1998
Oct 20, 1918 - Nov 8, 2005
Apr 1, 1915 - Dec 12, 2007
Jan 20, 1920 - Nov 15, 1993
Feb 19, 1913 - March 1987
Jul 11, 1920 - March 1995
Jul 16, 1908 - June 1984
Feb 5, 1914 - Oct 9, 1990
Jan 26, 1918 - Apr 24, 2006
Aug 30, 1888 - October 1966
Mar 23, 1885 - August 1965
Oct 20, 1913 - Jul 6, 2005
Success Stories from Biographies like Helen Shank
I have to tell you a VERY special story about how AncientFaces helped to reunite our family. For 13 years, I have been searching for my grandmother's missing sister. She just disappeared from the family in the 1930s without a trace. No one ever knew where or when she died or where she was buried. My years of searching have just run into dead ends, so I had given up. Today, out-of-the-blue, a young lady called me and said that she had seen a photograph on AncientFaces and one of the women in the photo was her grandmother! Little did I know that she had left a small child behind when she died so young of TB. You can imagine our shock and excitement at finding each other and a whole new family that we never knew existed. We only live one state away from each other and very soon plan to have all family members meet to share our sides of "the story" and of course, many, many more picturesl AncientFaces...... without you, this family may never have been complete and Aunt Grace would have been lost to us forever. I hope you realize what a valuable service you provide and how grateful we are to have found you. Thank you!!!! -Lynda B.
I never knew my biological family. My family is my mother and father who raised me. But, as I got older I got curious about my heritage. It took me years of investigation to finally discover my parents’ names. Well, I get goosebumps just writing this, I have found my biological family because of AncientFaces. Yes!! I did a search for my [parents' names] and was shocked to find a photo of them on AncientFaces! I cannot tell you the feeling that came over me when I saw this photo - to see the faces of my biological parents…JUST LIKE THAT. I left a comment on the photo and you won’t believe this - the owner of the photo is MY SISTER!!! Yes, I have a LITTLE sister! It turns out my parents were too young when they had me and had to give me up. My little sister knew I existed and wanted to find me but had no way of doing it. Thanks to you I am meeting my little sister for the first time next month. GOD BLESS YOU ANCIENTFACES. -Anonymous
We have found our missing relative entirely thanks to AncientFaces. We have received a much clearer photo of Captain Grant from his Son. The picture we on AncientFaces is an old yellowed newspaper photo. I am attaching the new photo and ask that you take the old one out and put the new clear picture in its place. With our Canadian Remembrance Day here in 2 days - the timing could not be better. Thank You, AncientFaces. My long lost Aunt is now 86 years old and her Son and I are talking by phone and e-mails. Captain Grant was his Father and died in France in 1944 and is buried there. By posting pictures of the visit to his gravesite - we connected through one of his brothers. Amazing that our prayers have been answered. Thank you -Beth B.
I came home for lunch yesterday and decided to look at my email before going back to work. The weekly newsletter that I subscribe to from the Logan Family History Center had this message in it about AncientFaces. I clicked on the link and the first search I did was for Woodruff, and Mamie was the first picture that came up. I could hardly stand it. I was late getting back to work. I had to add comments and write to you. Thank you for noticing her in the store and for the website. I can't help but wonder how many other family pictures may have ended up in that store and why. I also can't help but feel that it was meant to be and that there is a purpose that this picture is coming home as you say. What are the chances of this all just happening? It's amazing that you even picked it up at the store and then went to all the extra effort to post it. It makes me feel as though you have been my friend forever. It certainly has given me a connection to you, and I have a love for what you do. I just can't tell you how excited I am. I can't even hold it in. -Cathy K., Utah
I have previously submitted several pictures of my grandfather August Zemidat. I have tried for many years to find anyone with that name, and I have searched many genealogy web sites to no avail. Recently I was contacted by someone who saw my pictures on AncientFaces who may well be a cousin. She also provided me with information that seems to indicate her grandparents were my grandfather’s siblings. Considering the many years I have been searching for the name Zemidat, I find this is absolutely amazing that I have finally found a family member. Thank you AncientFaces -Ron D.
I love AncientFaces, a while back I saw that you had labeled Garcia surname pictures. At the time I didn’t have all my family facts for my research. Anyway, I wandered into your site just to check it out AND NOW 1 YEAR LATER I received a picture from an 87 year old aunt and guess what you had this very same picture on your site!! (They were my great aunts and my great-grandmother!). Thank you… -Angela M.
I have loved AncientFaces since I first found it, it's the first thing I check when I turn on the computer. There was a time when even in the most modest households there were three cherished possessions, a family Bible. a family album and a fancy lamp. It was usual for the family to gather in the parlour, generally on Sunday and talk, tell stories of family and friends with the photos in the albums as illustration. Sadly in our modern electronic age we have fallen away from the oral tradition and interest in history has waned. I was quite shocked on the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic to see so many comments from younger people who were surprised to learn that the Titanic wasn't just a movie. This is why AncientFaces is so important, to me it's the electronic age version of the oral tradition on a global scale and the sheer volume of people who follow, comment and contribute seems to prove the point. We are all grateful to you all for providing us with this wonderful site. - Arba M.