August 29, 2021, 84, Goldsboro –
Mabel Louise Boyette Smith, 84, drifted to sleep in this world and awakened in the land that is fairer than day on Sunday, August 29, 2021. Referred to as “Bootsie” by those who knew her best, she was born in Wayne County to the late Ralph and Mabel Strickland Boyette on June 4, 1937. In addition to her parents, Bootsie was also predeceased by her sister, Evelyn Holland, and husband of 58 years, Donald Morris Smith, Sr.
As a member of The First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Goldsboro, Bootsie took part in many of its ministries. Caring for those who experienced the loss of a loved one, she served on the bereavement committee for over 40 years, providing a meal so that families could gather around the table while sharing their grief. Her faithful attendance with the Tuesday Morning Prayer Group allowed her to pray for many in her church and community by name, asking for intercession on behalf of each. With a song in her heart and a tune on her lips, Bootsie could be found singing praises for her Lord, whether at church or at home.
Wanting to share the good news of Jesus to all the world, Bootsie volunteered her time with the Salvation Army Church, and could often be found working with the children at their camps. Adhering to Biblical teaching, she lived the scripture, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Family seated around Bootsie’s table could expect nourishment to their bodies and delight to their souls, as every dish she prepared was a delicacy in their minds. Any time of year was perfect for her turkey hash and dressing, for no one was as skilled at preparing it as she. Family knew they would always arrive to a spotless home, as Bootsie delighted in a well-kept house.
Pristine and proper, Bootsie took pride in her appearance and never left home without looking her best. Hair perfectly placed, faultlessly applied makeup, and exquisite attire, Bootsie always looked as if she had stepped off the cover of a magazine.
Thought of as the queen of her family, she was indeed the leader of her clan. Always determined to be the best she could be, she strived for the same in each of her family members. With a rock-solid faith, Bootsie professed the risen Christ as her Savior and wanted all to share in the joy she knew.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at The First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Goldsboro followed by a service to celebrate Bootsie’s life and give witness to her faith in Jesus Christ will be at 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary with her son, Rev. Morris Smith, her grandson-in-law, Rev. Jeff Deese, and her pastor, Rev. Bill Rose officiating. A private interment for the family will be held in the Smith Family Cemetery.
Bootsie is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Mike Peele, Donna and Stan Smith, and Sonja and Steve Ginn; son and daughter-in-law, Morris and Lynn Smith; grandchildren, Misty (Jeff), Hannah, Jessica (Jay), Brooke (Trey), Kaleb, Adayah, Jadah, and Ariel; and great-grandchildren, Julia, Gracie, James, Jack, Jayce and Bennett. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Ray and Doris Boyette, Jack and Dorothy Boyette, and Heyward and Kathy Boyette; and sister, Vennie Lee Moore.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be given to the ministry of Limitless Church, 230 Thad Lane, Goldsboro, NC 27534.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.