Helen E. Smith

Sep 16, 1919 - Mar 28, 2013


Helen E. Smith passed away peacefully March 28, 2013 at the age of 93 in her beloved

Campus Commons home. Born September 16, 1919 in Chester, VA to Thomas and

Rachel Eichelberger, she arrived in California in the mid-1930s and met Dick Smith,

who would become her husband of 46 years. She enthusiastically followed tennis and

the San Francisco Giants, and her sharp mind made her a devout fan of game shows

(including an on-air stint in which she won $6,300 on Password in the 1970s). She is

survived by her eldest son Terry Smith of Colorado, daughter Peggy Von Sonn of Ojai

and son Kenneth Smith (Danielle) of Sacramento, grandchildren Anastasia Von Sonn,

Jeremy Smith and Couver Smith, and great-grandson Tyler Smith. She was preceded

in death by her husband and by her grandson Christopher Von Sonn. She touched

many hearts during a long life and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved

her. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 at East Lawn

Sierra Hills Memorial Park, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento.

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