Born August 26, 1873, Boise, Idaho Territory
Died January 29, 1957, Boise, Idaho
One of five daughters of pioneers Isaac and Mary Coston, Helen Coston lived all her life in Boise. She was born in the Coston Cabin, now preserved in Julia Davis Park Pioneer Village.
Coston was the first graduate of St. Teresa's Academy in 1893, the first female probation officer in Ada County and the first woman administrator of the Mother's Pension in the County.
She was an outstanding educator, teaching in Lincoln, Old Central, New Central and Park Schools. She served as teacher and principal of Washington School for 25 years.
A charter member of Ada Chapter No. 8, Order of the Eastern Star, she was a matron and past grand matron of the Idaho Grand chapter. She was also a member of Sons and Daughters of Idaho Pioneers.