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“I met Helen in the mid-1970's; she was a long-time good friend of my then-new husband. We enjoyed her company everywhere we met her place, our...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Carolyn Haack - Glenview, IL

“Helen was an incredibly vivacious and curious person who was very humble about her vast knowledge, and I sorely miss her. We had many great...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Henry Artis - New York, NY

“Aunt Helen was my fave aunt and I was her fave niece (our secret!). Our phone conversations were always lively and entertaining. We agreed on most...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: AVA MATHEWS ROSENBERG - AZ

“Baruch Dayan Emet may your mother's memory be of a blessing. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Doug Wiggins - Friend

“Hellen, on those occasions when I stayed in your home, you always made me feel that you were offering, "Ma maison est ta maison." ”
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Helen Mathews Smith of New York, NY passed away the morning of Sunday, March 28, 2021. She was born in Chicago, IL on January 24, 1929 to Benjamin and Anna Mathews (né Pinhasik). She is predeceased by her brothers Martin and Albert Mathews and her sister Rose Smalley (Mathews). She is survived by her three children, Phebe Rand and Jonathan and Nathaniel Smith, daughter-in-law Sue Smith and six grandchildren: Paula Rand, Jeremy, Jake, Ben, Zach and Taylor Smith.

She will live on through her 30 plus years as researcher, writer and managing editor of MD Medical Magazine and through her many freelance articles in the Village Voice, Wall Street Journal, New York Sunday News, among others. Her favorite and proudest articles were on politics and the early years of the AIDS epidemic.

She was never happier than when surrounded by cherished family and friends engaged in lively dinner conversation. Her genuine curiosity in everyone she met is not only part of what made her an insightful journalist but is what drew people to her.

Your spirit will live on, gone but never forgotten.

Funeral Service on April 6, 2021 at Crestwood Funeral Home (445 W. 43 St.) at 10 am. Mass at St Michael's Church (424 W. 34 St) at 1 pm.

Donations in her honor can be made to Hopital Bon Samaritain (HBS), a full service hospital with outreach programs, is situated in the river valley of Limbé, Haiti. Since 1953, Hôpital Bon Samaritain provides health care services for the greater population of the Limbé Valley located in the Département du Nord.
Hôpital Bon Samaritain is a project of Fondation HBS a Haitian non-profit organization and is sponsored in part by HBS Foundation, Inc, a non-profit, 501c3, Florida, USA registered organization.