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Helen Virginia Varner Frye
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Birth: Nov. 28, 1908
Harrison County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 4, 1979
Coconino County
Arizona, USA

The only person to be laid to rest at Red Rock State Park (Sedona Arizona) is former owner Helen Frye. Helen's ashes were scattered from her Wings of the Wind home (cliff-side) to drift down on to the ranch she loved and resided on for a majority of her life. This, the property she and her husband Jack Frye purchased together in 1941. Her spirit forever remains a part of this picturesque property.

Helen Virginia Varner Vanderbilt Frye was an artist, to include a fashion designer, milliner (hat making), photographer (a hobby she shared with her husband Jack), sculptor, portrait artist, amateur architect, and rancher, with a deep love of land and horses.

Her parents were Dr. Harvey V. Varner and Maude Morrison Varner. She was an older sister to Marie and Mildred (non-identical twins).

In her life Helen traveled Europe, the Orient, and all corners of the United States. She married 2 very prominent men, one, Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr. (Neil), and two, Jack Frye, co-founder and long-time president of Transcontinental & Western Air (TWA), and Aniline and Film Corp. Helen was said to be a pilot, and spent more time in the air with her husband Jack than most women of that time-frame (1938-1950).

At the end of Helen's life she managed the Frye Ranch at Sedona Arizona, which she owned. She devoted her time to friends and the exploration of metaphysics, which liberated her soul and freed her from orthodox and traditional religions. Helen loved the Native Americans and sought their connections with her ranch, both parties felt the property was sacred land.

Helen Frye was a remarkable spirit cherished by all who knew her and well-remembered locally as a beloved, legendary, early Sedona resident and rancher.

Even though part of the original Frye Ranch (at approximately 700 acres) was sold through the years or developed, a remaining undeveloped portion (286 acres) is now preserved in perpetuity as Red Rock State Park.

Helen Frye's life story can be found online at 'Sedona Legend Helen Frye'. For those who desire to read further about her fascinating journey of life, they can search online for her Biography and Book, "The Jack & Helen Story -the Camelot Years of TWA."


Noah B. Anderson
August 09, 1930 (Red House, Maryland)
Divorced April 26, 1932 (Reno, Nevada)

Cornelius Neil Vanderbilt Jr.
January 04, 1935 (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Divorced December 18, 1940 (Carson City, Nevada)

John William Frye (Jack Frye)
January 01, 1941 (Scottsdale, Arizona)
Divorced June 26, 1950 (Prescott, Arizona)
Family links: 
  Harvey V Varner (1873 - 1925)
  Maude Morrison Varner (1881 - 1965)
  Noah B Anderson (1905 - 1971)
  Cornelius Vanderbilt (1898 - 1974)
  William John "Jack" Frye (1904 - 1959)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Red Rock State Park (Sedona Arizona) is the location where Helen Frye's ashes rest. Scattered from her Wings of the Wind home over the cliff which dropped to the Frye Smoke Trail Ranch and Oak Creek below.
Created by: Randall Reynolds
Record added: Aug 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95650331
Helen Virginia <i>Varner</i> Frye
Added by: Randall Reynolds
Helen Virginia <i>Varner</i> Frye
Added by: Randall Reynolds
Helen Virginia <i>Varner</i> Frye
Added by: Randall Reynolds
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Gone but not forgotten.
- Cindy Rinehart
 Added: Jun. 19, 2016

 Added: Dec. 11, 2013

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