Smith, Helen J. 1933-2019

DEARBORN, Mo. - Helen J. Smith, 85, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019 at her home in Dearborn.

Helen was born Dec. 8, 1933 in Pumpkin Center, Missouri to Christian Joseph and Lola (Davis) Lash.

She attended Agency High School, where she graduated as Valedictorian in 1951. Helen married Donald L. Smith on June 8, 1951 in St. Joseph.

She was baptized on Oct. 23, 1949 at the Agency Christian Church, and in 1965 joined the First Baptist Church of Dearborn, where she became a longtime member and served as director for the Women's Missionary Union, Sunday school teacher, and clerk.

Helen loved her family and enjoyed attending all of her grandkid's sporting events.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Donald; her son, Jerry A. Smith; and two sisters, Iday May Curran, and Wanda Powell.

Helen is survived by: her children, Barb (Jim) Cahill, Dave (Debbie) Smith, and Cathy Smith, all of Dearborn; two grandchildren, Renada (Brad) Johnson and Drew (Krista) Smith; four great-grandchildren Drake, Tristen, and Creek Johnson and Jace Smith; her brother, Howard (Clara) Lash; her very special niece, Helen Williams; and several wonderful nieces, nephews, and friends.

A visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Vaughn-Aufranc Funeral Home in Dearborn.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at the funeral home; followed by an interment in the Dearborn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be given to the First Baptist Church of Dearborn.

Arrangements By: Vaughn-Aufranc Funeral Home, Dearborn, Phone: 816-992-3366.

www.vaughnfuneralhomes.com As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.