June 20th, 2019


Helen R. Smith

June 13, 1926 – December 8, 2018

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Obituaries » Helen R. Smith

Helen Russell Smith, 92, passed away on Dec. 8, 2018. She was a master beader and needlework artist and created. Helen was born in Barre, VT, on June 13, 1926, and raised in Plainfield, VT. She was the daughter of Nelson A. Russell and Ada Griffith Russell. She graduated from Plainfield High School and married on Nov. 3, 1945, to Willard C. “Bill” Smith. Helen and Bill were married for 70 and had two children and two grandchildren. Helen enjoyed life and laughed frequently and enjoyed traveling. She was a woman who accepted responsibility and challenges throughout her career. She worked as a telephone operator and in an insurance agency in Plainfield. The family moved to NC in 1960 where she went to work in federal civil service at Fort Bragg. She advanced to more senior positions throughout her federal career and her last job was as the administrator for the postmaster in Winston-Salem. Helen is survived by a son, Ralph Russell Smith, of Destin, FL, and daughter, Cheryl Smith Merritt, of Sanford, NC, and her two grandsons Ian Smith and David Merritt.

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