Died: October 1, 1979
Helen R. Smith was a great granddaughter of Rev. Samuel Smith, the first Methodist preacher here. She graduated from Saranac Lake High School in the class of 1920 or 1921. She lived with her sister Marjorie I. Smith (also known as Marjorie M. Smith) in the family home on Trudeau Road, previously called Smith Road, and is buried in Pine Ridge Cemetery.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, October 2, 1979
Car-truck crash fatal
SARANAC LAKE - Helen Smith, 75, of Trudeau Road was killed Monday in a head-on crash, involving the car in which she was riding and a State Department of Transportation dump truck.
The accident occurred at 3:55 p.m., at the intersection of Route 192-A and Split Rock Road. The car was operated by Miss Smith's sister, Marjorie Smith, 77, also of Trudeau Road. The hospital reports she is in critical condition, suffering from a fractured jaw and right knee. Police say Marjorie Smith failed to stop at a sign and was struck head-on by the truck driven by Richard G. Fountain, 32, of Paul Smiths. The police report says Fountain tried to swerve to avoid the Smith vehicle. Fountain was not admitted to the hospital but received bruises.
Four Fire Department and Rescue Squad trucks and 11 men responded to the call.
Helen Smith lived with her sister in the home on Trudeau Road where their family has resided for several generations. She was the daughter of Robert E. and Lillian Smith. [sic] Her great-grandfather came to this area when her grandfather was seven years old.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, October 3, 1979
SARANAC LAKE Funeral Services for Miss Helen Smith, who died Monday evening in a car accident, will be held Thursday, at 11 a.m., at the Fortune Funeral Home. Rev. Eric King and Rev. Richard Chatterton will officiate at the services.
Miss Smith was born May 16, 1904 in Saranac Lake, the daughter of Robert E. and Cora Norton Smith. She had worked as a medical secretary at the Trudeau Sanitarium until it closed, at which time she moved to Mineville, where she worked as a medical secretary until her retirement in 1969.
She was an active member of the Methodist Church.
She is survived by her sister, Miss Marjorie Smith, with whom she made her home, and a cousin, Eleanor Strand of California.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Fortune Funeral Home. Interment will take place in Pine Ridge Cemetery.