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Helen P. (Pryor) Smith

January 9, 1936 ~ July 27, 2019 (age 83)

Helen P. (Pryor) Smith, 83, of Bolton, wife of 53 years to Donald J. Smith, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 27, 2019 at home, with her family by her side. Helen was born in Schoharie, NY, daughter to the late Tom and Helen (Vedder) Pryor

Helen grew up in New York and resided in different parts of the United States before finally settling in Bolton with her husband. Helen was an avid reader and had a love for the outdoors and her long walks. She enjoyed playing Bingo and looked forward to her frequent trips to Mohegan Sun and other casinos in the area. Helen was such a kind and caring individual which her family and friends will miss very much.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her four children; Michael Avens and his former wife Linda, of Vernon, Charlie Avens of Bolton, Dale Smith of Northampton, MA and David Smith and his wife Deborah of Colchester, along with her 6 grandchildren; Donald III, Michael Jr., Kevin, Jessica, Amanda and Ryan and four great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, three siblings and her son Donald Jr.

A time of visitation for friends and family will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 5-6 p.m. at Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester, with a Celebration of Life service to begin at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private in East Cemetery, Manchester. Memorial donations in Helen’s name may be made to The Bolton Scholarship Fund c/o Bolton High School, 72 Brandy St., Bolton, CT 06043. To leave an online message of condolence for her family, please visit

Donations may be made to:

The Bolton Scholarship Fund
c/o Bolton High School, 72 Brandy Street, Bolton CT 06043

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