Helen Jaffe was born on July 31st one year
in Salt Lake City, Utah, the fifth child and third daughter
of Hyman Jaffe and Emeline Sweat. Until she was eight years old she lived
on a small farm where her parents raised chickens. She attended a small 6 room
school located on the local air force base.
Helen's father was an engineer, and, among other talents and designs,
developed a clean way to raise chickens. It is reported that in the
1950's a man by the name of Harlan Sanders asked him to raise chickens
exclusively for him, but Mr. Jaffe believed there would be no future
in fast-food restaurants, especially chicken, so he declined the offer.
Such is the thing that most of us do when we have an opportunity that
has not yet been proven.
When Helen was 8 years old (reportedly on her 8th
birthday), the family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. It was there that
she completed her elementary, junior high and high school years.
After Helen graduated from Valley High School in Las Vegas, she
elected to enter the music program at the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Helen had always loved music and dance, so was studying vocal music and was
part of a semi-professional European Folk Dance group organized at the LDS
Institute of Religion at UNLV.
They performed for various meetings and contests in the Las Vegas area taking
several awards and honors. Helen also performed in choirs at several shows
on the famous Las Vegas strip.
Helen had several jobs during her high school and college career,
one being an usher at a movie theater and working as a clerk for
a consumer finance company. That job was quite an eye-opener for a
teenage girl, and gave her a strong belief that it is better to not
borrow any money unless absolutely necessary, and then discharge the
obligation as quickly as possible.
Another job, and one she liked quite well, was with the investigative
branch of the Civil Service Commission. She worked with some very
nice people in that career.
It was during Helen's college years that she met Leon Ransom at one
of the church dances. After dating him for a while, the two decided
that they would like to be eternal companions, and two years after
they met, the were married. He is forever grateful and amazed that she
would give a career in music to be his wife and the mother of his
The saga continues on the family page.