This biographical sketch first appeared on the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States (accesssible at https://documents.alexanderstreet.com/VOTESforWOMEN) and appears here by courtesy of the publisher, Alexander Street.
By Krysten Diaz-Silveira
Undergraduate, University of Maryland, College Park
Helen Skipwith Wilmer Athey was born in Baltimore, Maryland in August 1882. She grew up and remained active in the Baltimore area throughout her entire life. She attended the Johns Hopkins Nursing School and graduated in 1905. Athey remained active in the Alumnae Association, eventually giving $30,000 to create a new nursing wing.
She married Dr. Caleb Athey on August 2, 1909, and they eventually had two children: Isabelle and Wilmer. She was widowed in 1935. She then became the manager of the estate and also took care of her son Wilmer for a time after Caleb passed away.