Mary Helen Wilkes Owen Douthy used her education from Central High for a lifetime career as an administrative assistant to the scientists at SAC Headquarters, Offutt Air Force Base. Five of her six children graduated from Central High and one from Omaha’s North High School. She raised the children on her own, and they received educations ranging from registered nursing to Ph.Ds. Many of her grandchildren have also earned Masters and Ph.D. degress. Helen loved music and the arts and volunteered with Opera Omaha, Omaha Community Playhouse, Center Stage, and Chanticleer Theater. She served on the Nebraska Arts Council and Omaha’s Human Relations Board.
Helen passed away in 2008 at the age of 90.