DANVILLE -- Helen Leet Smith Haynes, 86, of Danville, passed away Friday, June 7, 2019, in Stanford, Kentucky. She was born July 11, 1932, in Daviess County to the late Hunter A. Leet and Frances Dodson Leet. A graduate of Western Kentucky State College, Helen retired from the Owensboro Public Schools after 35 years, mostly as a librarian. In 1962, she, along with another librarian, started a formal Elementary Schools Library Program moving to one of their five assigned elementary school buildings each day. At the time of her retirement, she was the head librarian at Owensboro High School and each Owensboro elementary school had a library and a designated librarian. While an educator, Helen served as an OEA, KEA and NEA delegate a number of times. She also was active in the Kentucky Association of School Librarians where she made friends with librarians from around the state. While in Owensboro, Helen was a member of Third Baptist Church where she frequently taught Sunday School and served in several lay leadership positions. Starting in the late 1990s, Helen lived in Clermont, Florida, for about 10 years before moving, in 2007, to The McDowell Place, an assisted living community, in Danville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Alvey Barr Smith; and her second husband, Lee Haynes.
Survivors include her son, Alvey Benjamin Smith (Rhonda Stevens) of Dublin, Ohio; a daughter, Carol Long (Paul) of Stanford; four grandchildren, Brandon Smith (Megan), Adam Smith, Rachel Smith and Jared Long (Laura); three great-grandsons; a sister, Barbara Martin of Nashville; and three nephews in Tennessee.
Services are noon Saturday at James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory in Owensboro with Dwight L. Moody, a former pastor at Third Baptist Church, officiating. Burial follows in Rosehill Cemetery. Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to McDowell Place of Danvillle, 1181 Ben Ali Drive, Danville, KY 40422 or Third Baptist Church, P.O. Box 808, Owensboro, KY 42302.
Messages of condolence may be made at www.davisfuneralhome.com.