Helen Haggerty passed away in hospice care in the home of her daughter Barbara Rich, on May 10, 2022, in Warrington PA. She is survived by her children Jeff Smith (Roswitha); Debbie Cannon (Ken) ; Barbara Rich (Bob) ; Dave Smith (Adele) ; and Diane McGowan (Jim). She was also a dearly loved matriarch to 12 grandchildren, 21 Great-Grandchildren and 6 Great-Great-Grandchildren. In her last years of life she was closely cared for by her 4 youngest children, and surrounded by the love of her large and grateful family.
Born Helen Louise Sneden on April 30, 1928 in Staten Island NY, Helen was raised by her beloved mother Ruth Sneden, Grandmother Bertha Sneden and aunt Pearl Sneden. An outstanding student, she was offered a full scholarship to Hunter College in New York, but destiny intervened when, while working at Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC she met her future husband and father of her children, Henry Smith.
The growing family moved first to Englewood, NJ, then Emerson, then Lake Mohawk in Sparta, NJ, where Helen's last child Diane was born. They later moved to Suffield CT, eventually to Newtown PA and Helen herself, finally, to Langhorne PA, where she lived for over 40 years. Life was never less than an adventure with and for Helen, and her family was her special joy.
After divorce at age 42, Helen turned her strong talents to professional life. Attending to her personal
development at all levels, she took college business courses and rose from maid on a housekeeping
cart at Pickering Manor, eventually to head of housekeeping at Chandler hall. She later worked in
Insurance and other sales, always as a top salesperson, and with the highest commitment to service. She continued to serve her fellow human beings as well, as a volunteer to hospice, bereavement and drug addiction programs, and gave freely of herself - always - to family and friends.
The middle year of Helen's life were important in terms of relationships, first with the coming of
her grandchildren, and also in a happy second marriage to James Haggerty. Devoutly religious as a child, Helen also recommitted gratefully to her Lord Jesus Christ, a relationship that continued to deepen even to the end of her life.
There will be a Memorial Celebration of Life for Helen at Calvary Chapel, Philadelphia at 10 am on
July 2, 2022 followed by a picnic for family and friends at Core Creek Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Calvary Chapel's mission ministries.
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