Hellen B. Smyth, 46, horsewoman, homemaker

December 25, 1997

Hellen B. Smyth, an accomplished horsewoman and homemaker, died of melanoma Friday at Happy Hopeful Farm in Cockeysville. She was 46.

Her lifelong interest in horseback riding began as a 4-year-old growing up at Happy Hopeful Farm, where she lived her entire life. She entered riding competitions with several of her thoroughbreds, including Central Park, All of the Sudden and Whiphand. She stopped competing this summer after being diagnosed with melanoma.

In 1969, the former Hellen Burns graduated from Garrison Forest School and made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillon.

In 1971, she married Robert Lee Smyth Jr.

Mrs. Smyth enjoyed gardening, gourmet cooking and knitting. Her vegetables, dahlias and sweaters often won awards at the annual Maryland State Fair.

Services are private.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Leigh Dennis Smyth of Cockeysville; a brother, Allan H. Burns III of Big Pine Key, Fla.; a sister, Frances Purnell Burns; her mother, Frances Gould Fox; and her maternal grandmother, Mary Dennis Gould, all of Cockeysville.

Pub Date: 12/25/97

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