We are deeply saddened to share that a beloved friend of First Book’s and a great lady, Helen Coffey, has passed away. She was an architect of First Book and her influence on the organization is unmistakable. Helen was one of the first people to step up to chair a First Book local Advisory Board in our very earliest days. For ten years, she led First Book-South Bay Los Angeles, bringing smiles and better opportunities to children at dozens of programs. On numerous occasions, she even opened her home to traveling First Book staff that will always cherish her hospitality and warm company.
With incredible generosity, Helen was a beacon to the many who knew her. As a friend, an advocate and “The Book Lady”, she spread hope throughout the South Bay LA area. Anyone who ever met her instantly recognized her classic charm and grace. We are comforted by her legacy and yet we will miss her greatly.
First Book sends our deepest condolences to Helen’s family and friends.