Helen Smith Death 1937-2022 – Obituary News: Helen Ann (Howery) Smith of Leslie, MI., has sadly and unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2022, leaving family, closer relatives and other loved ones in total devastations and sadness. Family and friends were devastated when Helen passed away.
Helen was born on November 26, 1937, in Mason, Michigan, to the late Robert Ralph and Esther Annabelle (Marshall) Howery, which makes her just 84 years old at the time of her unexpected but peaceful passing. Helen grew up on a farm with her brother Roger Dale and loved to help her father and Uncle Albert by driving the tractor for the big salary of 25 cents/hour.
Helen attended Hubbard School with Anna Crowl as her teacher and then graduated from Mason High School in 1956. She attended and graduated from Huntington College in Huntington, Indiana in 1960. She taught school in Fort Wayne and Huntington, Indiana; Fowlerville and Breckenridge, Michigan and was a substitute teacher where we lived as a pastor’s family. While living in Huntington, she also earned her master’s degree in education from Saint Francis College in 1965.
In 1961 Helen married Theron Lee Smith, also a student at Huntington College. She had felt the Lord calling her to be a missionary. Just what that looked like, Theron answered the call to ministry, so her mission field was as a pastor’s wife for 61 years. God is Good!
Helen’s main calling however was being mom to two sons: Steven Lynn and Stacy Lee. Because of them she enjoyed the roll also of being grandma as Steve and Stacy brought into our family our daughters Linda Lou and Jamie Michelle. Four wonderful granddaughters have also become a part of our lives: Elizabeth Celle, Brianna Ruth, Rebekah Lynn and Reagan LeeAnn. Our granddaughters have added to our family by bringing Mark, Luke & Matthew into our lives. Preceding her in death were her parents, and son Steven Lynn.
Services honoring Helen’s life will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Eden United Brethren Church located at 1938 Eden Road in Mason, Michigan, with Pastor Dan Bentz officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday, September7, from 5-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to the Eden United Brethren Church, 1938 Eden Road, Mason, MI 48854 or online at www.edenubchurch.com. Arrangements entrusted to Vickers Leslie Funeral Home, 109 N. Church Street, P.O. Box 503, Leslie, MI 49251. 517-878-6600.