Wyoming native Deann Helming moved to Austin in 1981. Her interview illustrates the self-reliant life of a rural Nevada woman raising a family in a small town (population 192) hundreds of miles away from larger towns, such as Ely (population 4,000) or Fallon (population 8,000), with more shopping opportunities. Clothing, groceries, medical appointments, as well as high school age children’s athletic events all require a minimum of two hours just for traveling. Dee is currently (2017) Office Manager of the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Dee Helming was interviewed, May 31, 2017, by the Nevada Women’s History Project as part of the The Women of Nevada Highway 50 project. This video was funded by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust.