Helen Smythe

Helen Smythe (Kelleher)

Monday, January 30th, 1928 - Friday, April 17th, 2020
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Fort Edward

Helen Kelleher Smythe, 92, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born January 30, 1928 in Fort Edward she was the daughter of the late William and Frances (Bruce) Kelleher.

She graduated from Fort Edward High School. Helen continued her education at Syracuse University getting her bachelor’s degree then at SUNY Plattsburgh obtaining her master’s degree.

Helen was a lifelong communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Edward.

On October 11, 1951 Helen married John Peter Smythe, they were together 45 years before his passing on May 16, 1993.

She was a lifelong educator and retired after 33 years from Fort Edward Public School.

Helen enjoyed crossword puzzles, cooking for the family, gardening, playing bridge and pinochle with friends.

She was a member of the Glens Falls and Fort Edward branches of the Hospital Guilds. As an avid reader she served as a Board Member of the Fort Edward Library.

In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was predeceased by her son, James Kelleher Smythe; sister, Mary Ellen Nolan; brother, Rev. William Kelleher; sister-in-law, Mary Smythe Spaulding; son-in-law, Edwin J. Glover.

Left to cherish her memory include her children, Anne Smythe Glover of Fort Edward, John Smythe (Julie) of Houston, Texas and Mary Smythe Borden (Ralph) of Hudson Falls; sister, Anne Gallup; grandsons, Matthew Borden (Chelsea) and their son Charlie of Dracut, MA, Stephen Borden (Christina) and their children Vivian and John David Kelleher of Saratoga Springs; granddaughters, Hannah Smythe of NYC and Rachel Smythe of NYC; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Due to the recent Pandemic there will be no calling hours.

A Memorial Mass will be held in the future at a date to be announced.

Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Fort Edward.

Memorial donations in Helen’s memory can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or Cystic Fibrosis Northeastern New York Chapter 455 Patroon Creek Blvd Suite 108 Albany, NY 12206.
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    St. Joseph Cemetery -FE
    Burgoyne Ave.
    FORT EDWARD, NY 12828
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    Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Fort Edward.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Fort Edward.


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Matthew Healy

Posted at 09:07am
Mrs. Smythe was a wonderful teacher not only in school but for life lessons as well. I was lucky enough to have her as a neighbor for my entire childhood. She was one of the kindest,most caring and loving women I have had the privilege of knowing. She made me feel like family and l would call her "Grandma"Smythe all the time. Mrs. Smythe will surely be missed, but she is not gone because she will live forever in my family's hearts.

Nicholas Healy

Posted at 03:12pm
Helen Smythe had the most beautiful soul of anyone I have ever met. She was always so kind to my family, and to myself. Helen was so much more than a neighbor, she was part of our family. I called her “Grandma” so many times I’ve lost count. She was a very special person and I will miss her terribly. Heaven has gained an Angel!

Mary Borden Posted at 01:04am

She was strong and kind and my heroine. She is missed every day.

Deberah Saville

Posted at 12:56pm
My deepest sympathies to her family. I had Mrs. Smythe MANY years ago as my 1st grade teacher at Dix Ave. elementary. She was a kind and patient teacher, who fostered my love of reading by allowing and asking the librarian to let me take as many books home a day as I could carry. I always remembered that kindness. Deb Saville HFHS class of 1985

Mary Borden Posted at 01:06am

Thank you Deb. My mother was born to teach. She touched many lives. She cared.

Claire Suminski

Posted at 08:27pm
Aunt Helen had such a unique way of looking at things. She was very straightforward and had the best laugh. Every conversation we had,both on the phone and in person, we would both be laughing! I cherish all of the stories she told me too. It is so hard to believe she is gone and I am deeply sorry for your loss dear cousins. I am calling my Mom every day right now to check on her and we talk about Aunt Helen every day. Mom is being very strong. Love you all!

Mary Borden Posted at 01:09am

Thank you Claire. We have been sharing many memories of our families. Fun, love, and support that we grew up with carries me many times over.

Charlie RASCOE

Posted at 05:09pm
Anne and family I'm saddened to hear of your mother's passing. She was so smart and fun to talk to. Very sad news!!! My prayers are with you!! Charlie

Mary Borden Posted at 01:10am

Thank you Charlie. She did bring so much life into conversations. She is missed.

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