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Helen Smith

Obituary of Helen G. Smith

Helen G. Smith Helen G. Smith of Olean, NY went home to the Lord on December 13, 2020. Born May 27, 1923 in Portville, she was the daughter of Harry L. and Harriet Scheunemann Graves. On May 27, 1953 she married Marshall Smith who passed away August 28, 1980. On June 15, 1985 she married James Patterson who passed away October 29, 1992. Helen attended Friendship Central School, Westbrook Commercial Academy and Jamestown Community College. She retired from Dresser Clark where she worked as a cost accountant. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Olean and served as a deaconess, trustee, and church clerk. She was also a member of the Dresser Office Retirees and served as its secretary for several years. She was a life member of the National Management Association. Surviving are two nieces, Rev. Dr. Jeanette (Dr. Munro) Sherrill of Bradenton, FL and Karol Akins of Newton, NC; two nephews William (Lynda) Rogers of Punta Gorda, FL and Jack (Dr. Nicholette) Rogers of Wooster, OH; several great nieces and nephews and a great -great nephew and niece. She is also survived by a special friend, Peter Marcus of Olean, who by his help with transportation and other daily needs enabled her to live independently for many years. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was predeceased by 2 brothers, DeVere Graves and Lyle A. Graves and a sister and brother-in-law Waneta and Karl Rogers. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Friendship, where Helen will be joined with the ashes of her dog Jokur and her cat Jamie. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the First Baptist Church of Olean. Arrangements are under the direction of the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, Olean.
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