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Helen Elizabeth Smith Sneddon

Herrick, Gregory County, South Dakota, USA
Death 11 Nov 2004 (aged 85)
Brea, Orange County, California, USA
Burial Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 100332345 · View Source
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Helen Elizabeth Sneddon, passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2004 in Brea Community Hospital, Brea, California.

Helen was born in Herrick, South Dakota, on April 28, 1919, the daughter of Elmer E. and Dorothy (Dewey) Smith. The family moved to California in 1923 where her father worked in the Los Angeles Police Department.

In 1935, she married Russell T. Sneddon and they resided in Bell and later in South Gate. Their first son, Gary Russell, was born in 1939, and their second son, Glenn Thomas, was born in 1943.

In 1951, Helen went to work in the motion picture and television industry where she became a music editor. She worked on television shows including "The Roy Rogers Show" and "My Three Sons" and movies including "Cat Balou," "All the Presidents Men" and Disney's "The Black Hole." She retired in 1980.

After retirement, she was active in the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce, a community in which she lived for 25 years. She was awarded the organization's "Harry Hutchens Award" for her outstanding contribution to the membership in 1981. In 1989, she moved to a new home in the planned community of Rancho Vista in the Antelope Valley. There she enjoyed the new possibilities in one of her favorite hobbies, i.e. gardening. Another one of her passions, to her family's delight, was cooking and she was wonderful in that area from full courses to pastry. On the occasion of her 80th birthday, she was presented with Certificates of Recognition from the California State Senate and the Assembly, and a Commendation from the City of Palmdale.

Helen is survived by her sons, Gary (Carole) of Kamas, Utah and Glenn of Whittier; also three grand-children: Elizabeth, Jon (Amy), and Rebecca (Ken) Hart all in the Salt Lake area of Utah and six great grandchildren: Tyler, Jacob and Emily Sneddon and Cody, Sydnee and Cole Hart. Also included among her survivors are good friends Jesus Contreras and Maria Alvarez.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Rose Hills Mortuary in Whittier with a viewing scheduled for Friday, November 19th from 6-8:00pm and the funeral service on Saturday, November 20th, at 1:00 P.M. in Sky Rose Chapel with internment in Sky Oaks.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Helen Elizabeth Smith Sneddon (28 Apr 1919–11 Nov 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100332345, citing Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Barb Farghum (contributor 46623154) .