Helen Newhall Penniman Pardee was born in Chelsea, MA on July 18, 1857. The Penniman family moved to Oakland, CA in 1862. While at Oakland High School, Helen met George Pardee whom she married in 1887. She continued her education at California State Normal School (now San Jose State University) and then taught school in Oakland for ten years. She studied painting with her neighbor, Raymond Dabb Yelland, and painted on outings with a group called "Merry Tramps of Oakland."
Her husband became the governor of California and she lived in Sacramento during 1903-07. She died in Oakland on March 10, 1947. Her paintings are rare and can be see at the Pardee Home Museum (Oakland).
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