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Helen LaRose (Barnett) Smith passed into Perfect Peace on Sunday, March 18, 2018. Service is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018, 11:00 AM, at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 Rev. Dr. S. McKinney Avenue, Seattle. The family church since 1906.
Helen was born May 12,1928, in Seattle, Washington. Born into a family of enterprising leaders, her father Powell Barnett was married to Catherine Veile Conna. Powell umpired and played in many semi- pro baseball games and started the Umpires Association in the Northwest. Powell also has a park named after him, The Powell Barnett Park for his many accomplishments located in Seattle on Martin Luther King Way South. Her grandparents John Conna and wife, Mary Conna, early settlers taking up residence on a 157 acre homestead in Federal Way, Washington in the early 1800s. Her grandfather, Mr. Conna became the first black political appointee in the history of Washington Territory; Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms of the 1889 Washington Territorial House of Representatives. He owned the Conna edition in Tacoma & parts of downtown Fairbanks, Alaska.
Helen's Epilogue . . .Who can find a virtuous woman, whose price is far above rubies? Helen, also called Bibi by family, would like you to know that her work here is done.
She received a call; a sort of offer she couldn't refuse, for an appointment she will not be returning from. This appointment comes with a huge sign-on bonus; a reunion with family & friends she has not seen in a long time. Job security is 110%. Her new mission takes her to a wonderful place where she will be socializing, dancing, laughing and praising the Lord.
She left detailed instructions for her children to celebrate her mission here which is now complete. She leaves a truly rich legacy of always encouraging her children to reach their goals and dreams. Long live the rich legacy of Helen L. Barnett Smith
Helen was like a wildflower spreading her joy, love, wisdom & hope.