Helen Hope was born to Joseph Sylvester Brennan and Helena Katherine Phillip on January 30, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This little family, in which she was an only child, was pretty well to do in that they had a row house and an automobile. Both of her parents were devoted to her care and well-being.
As a young girl, Helen wanted to play the harp and she begged her father. He promised her if she played the piano for three years, she could play the harp. Helen held him to his promise and around 12 years old, she began harp lessons. This was the beginning of her life's path. Helen attended Catholic Grammar School, Catholic High School and Catholic College.
Helen's hard work paid off when, at only 19 years of age, she begame Solo Harpist with the Denver Symphony. Helen came to Denver on her own, finding a boarding house to live in, and beginning a new career. Having to support herself, she made $25 a week with the Symphony and supplemented by teaching at Lamont School of Music, at Denver University. Helen continued to play harp in the Symphony until her early 70's.
Helen leaves a family who loved her and will always miss her.
She is survived by her 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
Memorial Service was Saturday, February, 2, 2013 at 10:00am., Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 5303 East County Line Road (One block west of South Holly Street) in Centennial, Colorado 80122.
Memorial contributions may be made in Helen's name to Make a Wish Foundation 7951 East Maplewood Avenue, Suite 186, Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111.
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