Helen Elizabeth Small Smith passed away on Jan. 20, 2012 at her home after a brief illness. She was born on Islesboro to Helen C. Benson Small and James A. Small. Helen attended Islesboro schools where she was on the basketball team. She had to leave school to stay home and take care of her younger siblings when her mother became ill.

She married James A. Smith on Feb. 6, 1943 after which she followed him to Georgia when he joined the service. After his discharge, they settled on Iona Poultry Farm in Lincolnville. There they raised three children and a grandchild whom they raised as their own.

In her lifetime she worked at many jobs including taking in laundry, working in a hot dog factory, woolen mills and egg processing plants. Most recently she knit lobster pot heads for Friendship Trap Company for 30 years. She loved spending time with her family, playing bingo, watching the Red Sox, going to camp and to auctions with Donna.

She leaves her three children, Katherine Chase of Warren, Leon Smith and his wife Juanita of Rockport, and Donna Rich and her husband Dave of Hope; her “daughter/granddaughter,” Wanda Owen and her husband Wayne of Montville; six other grandchildren, Dawn and her husband Kevin Chapin, Corinna Hersey, all of Hope, Philip Chase and his wife Genie, Rusty Wadsworth and her husband Scott, all of Warren, Laura Greeley and her husband Kevin of Montville, and Leon Smith Jr. and his wife Amy of Lincolnville; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her husband, her parents and 10 siblings.

Those who wish may make donations to Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, PO Box 772, Belfast, ME 04915.

Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Online condolences may be offered at ripostafh.com.