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Helen C. Smith, interior designer, teacher

May 6, 1937 – Sept. 2, 2015

Helen C. Smith, a longtime interior designer and Snyder resident, died Sept. 2 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. She was 78.

For more than 50 years, Mrs. Smith, who most knew as Connie, was a leader in interior design.

Mrs. Smith ran her own business, took part in numerous Junior League Show Houses and taught interior design at Bryant & Stratton.

She also was active in Zonta, the professional women’s group, and in 2013 was named Woman of the Year by the Amherst chapter in recognition of her 52 years of service.

She owned a design consulting business that included clients in Spain, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

She also helped run the family business, Mulhall Interiors, which began in Kenmore and moved to Snyder.

While at Bryant & Stratton, where she taught for six years, she helped write the interior design curriculum.

A longtime and active member of Zonta, first in Kenmore, then in Amherst, she served in several leadership positions, including president. She also was past president of the Inter Club Council of Western New York.

A lover of the arts, Mrs. Smith was active in the Amherst Symphony and was a longtime season ticket holder to Shea’s Performing Arts Center, the Irish Classical Theater and the Shaw Festival.

She also was active in Amherst Republican Women and was named the organization’s 2014 Woman of the Year.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, William, and a sister, Mary Frances.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Catholic Church, 30 Lamarck Drive at Main Street, Snyder.

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