Helen Jewell Smith

May 23, 1925 - Aug 28, 2020

East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park
9189 East Stockton Blvd.
Elk Grove , CA, 95624


Our beloved mother, Helen J. Smith, 95 years old passed away peacefully on August 28, 2020 in Elk Grove, California.
She leaves behind her four daughters, Linda, Lori, Vickie (Christian) and Julie (Jim). She is also survived by her ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren of whom she loved dearly.
She is preceded in death by her parents Victor and Helen Westlake. She will be buried next to her loving husband of 38 years, Ralph F. Smith
She is also preceded in death of her stepson Greg Smith.
Helen was born in Chicago, Illinois in May of 1925. She worked proudly as a “Rosie the Riveter” at Douglas Aircraft during WWII. She was an excellent typist and worked in various secretarial positions throughout her career. Eventually Helen found herself living in California where she meets her husband Ralph Smith. In 1983 they moved to the Elk Grove area on a ranch property on Sheldon Road. There they planted 65 fruit trees and maintained a substantial garden. Helen joined the Elk Grove Newcomers Club and met many lifetime friends there. She spent her last 11 years at the Commons of Elk Grove and became friends with all that lived and worked there.
Her interests included sports, bowling, gardening, shopping at Nordstrom, traveling and having parties with her friends and family. She had an outgoing personality, a great wit and loved being with people.
She had a full life and especially enjoyed time spent with her family.

There will be a graveside service on October 23rd, at 10 o’clock at East Lawn in Elk Grove.


  • Vickie Nava says:

    You will always be in my heart. There is not a day that goes by that I have not thought of you. You were a wonderful mom and saying goodbye is so very painful but knowing that you are with dad and other loved ones makes me feel happy for you. I hope you are dancing in heaven. You will be sorely missed.
    I love you,

  • Lori Lumactod says:

    I know your in a better place, with dad, and all your family and friends in heaven, Not a day will go by where I won’t think about you, and miss you.
    Rest in peace ❤️🙏

  • Linda Merrell says:

    Mom, you were always the life of the party so I’m sure you’re having a good time in heaven with Ralph, grandma & grandpa, family and friends. You will be missed by all of us but we know that you are happy and at the best party of all.
    Love you Mom,

  • Katherine Merrell says:

    I couldn’t have asked for a better grandma. She never forgot my birthday, and at family gatherings she was always very tuned in and attentive to everything that was going on in the room and never missed a beat with her quick wit. Ill never forget how much of a fun person she was. Up until her last months, in the long conversations I had with her on the phone, she still was so engaged and full of a desire to have fun and enjoy life.

    Rest in Peace, Grandma. 💚

  • Julie says:

    Mother, You weren’t just my mother you were my mom and best friend. We had so much fun together, we laughed at everything. Thank you for always being there when I needed you and thank you for all the wonderful memories. I know you and dad are dancing again to your favorite music. With all of my love,

  • ToniAnn says:

    Hello My Beautiful Grams!

    I wanted to let you know I miss you every day. My heart hurts knowing we won’t be able to hang out together or talk on the phone with you for hours. All I have now are our memories, photos and the stories you used to tell. You are so very special to me and you will never be forgotten. I appreciate all your love, kindness and fantastic sense of humor. You were so sassy and quick witted; you always made me laugh and we always had a ball together!

    I will forever be grateful for your involvement in every milestone in my life. You wanted so badly to attend Estevan & I’s wedding, and I just know you will be there with us in spirit. I will be thinking of you that day and imagine you all dressed up looking like a glamourous movie star!

    I will love you always and forever,


  • Brian, Tracy and Matthew says:

    Dearest Helen…. Grandma💜, Brian, Matt and I always loved visiting with you. We always found you delightfully witty, and charming. We are so happy you are with all your family and friends. Your girls loved you so much and and took such wonderful care of you. Rest In Peace my dear.

  • David Cossu says:

    Hi Grandma,

    I’ll always loved you for the fun loving witty and upbeat person you were, and remember all of the terrific talks we shared throughout my life, and how special you always made people around you feel. I’ll remember growing up how you always told me how no matter what, that you’d always be in my corner, and when I really needed it,..you were there. I’ll always remember all of those fond memories growing up, when you lived in San Bruno, and then Hemit, which always felt warm and loving unconditionally, and when I flew to see you all on my first plane ride. I also so admired your work ethic, especially as you told your stories of all of the factories and places you worked during the war. Also, you could just make people around you laugh and could keeping the mood light. You will be really missed Grandma, you were loved so very much. David, DeeAnna, Taylor, Bridget, and Christopher.

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