Born at Spalding, SK, and probably deafened at age 2 from scarlet fever. Attended a country school near home until her deafness was discovered, then she was sent to the Mackay School for the Deaf in 1930 for a year, then she transferred to the just-opened Saskatchewan School for the Deaf 1931-1939. Leaving school, she helped around the family farm for a few years, then in 1943 got a job as a bookbinder in Regina, SK. There she met and married John Rayner, also deaf. They retired, John in 1983 and Helen in 1985.
Deaf Women of Canada, p.209-210.