Smith, Helen

Written by David Green.

Helen Smith, 91, of Chesterfield Twp., Ohio, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at the Fulton Manor in Wauseon, Ohio.

She was born July 3, 1919, in Weston, Mich., the daughter of Pearl and Edith (Hearn) Craig. On July 30, 1938, in Seward, Ohio, she married Harold Smith.  He preceded her in death May 28, 2009.

Helen lived in the Morenci area all of her life where she was a member of the Morenci United Methodist Church. She was a cook for the Chesterfield School for more than 25 years, retiring in 1981.

She is survived by a daughter, Rose Marie Banks of Dundee, Mich.; four sons, James (and Lois) Smith of Wauseon, Forrest (and Faye) Smith of Wauseon, Thomas Smith of Las Cruces, N.M., and Harold, Jr. (and Kathy) Smith of Liberty Center, Ohio; 21 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul “Gene” (and Joanne) Craig of Jasper, Mich.; and a daughter-in-law, Sandy Smith of Wauseon.

Besides her husband, Helen was preceded in death by her parents; a son, David; two grandsons; and a daughter-in-law, Sharon (King) Smith.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Morenci United Methodist Church, with Pastor Donna Galloway officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggest to a charity of donor’s choice.

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