Helen was the daughter of Charles Andrew and Jo Ann "Josie" McFelea McKinney. Her father is buried in Franklin Cemetery in Collin Co, TX. After her father's death, her mother married a Basham. Josie is buried in Garden of Memories. She married Marvin Claude Hortman on 31 January 1909. Their sons, Elbert Lee Hortman and Marvin Hortman Jr., and daughters, Martha Hortman Dunnam, and Bulah Hortman Gilcrease, are also buried in Garden of Memories.