Helen Margaret Baker was born in Philadelphia, Pa on May 12, 1913 to James Norwood Baker and Mary Amanda Hart. She was raised on 143 South 63rd Street in Philadelphia, Pa. Her religion was methodist. She graduated from Overbrook High School and matriculated to Dickinson College. While at Dickinson she was also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity, an honor's fraternity.. After college she married Logan B. Emlet and became a housewife.