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Helen C. Smith, interior designer, lover of the arts

May 6, 1937 – Sept. 2, 2015

For more than 50 years, Helen C. Smith was a leader in interior design.

It was a career that allowed the Snyder woman – whom most knew as Connie – to run her own consulting business, take part in numerous Junior League Showcases and teach interior design at Bryant & Stratton.

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

Mrs. Smith died Sept. 2 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. She was 78.

As an interior designer, she wore many hats, including owner of a consulting business that spanned five decades and included clients in Spain, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

She also helped run the family business, Mulhall Interiors, which started out on Kenmore Avenue in Kenmore and later moved to Main Street and Eggert Road in Snyder.

While at Bryant & Stratton, where she taught for six years, she helped write the interior design curriculum. She also took part in six Junior League Showcases.

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, Irish Classical Theatre and the Shaw Festival.

She also was active in the 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 was offered Saturday in Christ the King Catholic Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder.

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