Helen Nthepakeli Mauoane, nee Motjuoadi, was born in Palmietfontein in the district of Pietersburg on August 5 1928. She was the fourth of six children born to the late Bexon Chueokgolo and Eneah Baakedi Motjuoadi.
Mauoane completed a teachers' course at Kilnerton Training College in 1948. She had a deep passion for education and improved her academic qualifications and passed matric in 1985. She obtained a certificate in secondary education in December 1989. She was promoted to head of Lesego Primary School in 1974, a position she held until her retirement in 1993. She taught for 44 years without breaking service.
She was active in community development. She was a member of the Wayfarers' Association, the Mamelodi Teachers' Choir, athletics clubs, and the Baden-Powell scout movement and girl guides associations. In 1951 she was crowned first princess in the Miss Pretoria Beauty Contest.
She married the late Andrew Joshua Sello Mauoane in July 1953. They were blessed with four children, Refilwe, Rammopa, Tebogo, and Thabo. She is survived by her four grandchildren - Tshepo, Boitumelo, Itumeleng, and Refilwe.