MATTIE LEE SQUARE SMITH
MARCH 13, 1922 – JANUARY 27, 2011
A loving mother to three gifted children - Sgt. Albert James Smith (Cynthia), Josephine Yvonne Smith and Mrs. Jerry Dean S. Cook (Carey); two grandchildren: Mrs. Brigida M. Cook-Brown (Anthony) and Kerwin Arman Cook (Stacy); three great grandchildren: Arman K. Cook-Brown, Anzhel K. Brown and Kerwin Arman Cook, Jr., Mattie was born March 13, 1922 to the late Rev. Pompey and Dafiney Square in Deerford, Louisiana. She passed on to her great reward led through the shadow of death by her Saviour and friend Jesus Christ, who returned to take her home on January 28, 2011. Mattie Smith was a deserving servant who lived with her husband and interpreted the Gospel to a large number of churches, including churches at Wilson, Conrad; St. James, Springfield; Shiloh, Rosedale; Roberts, Denham Springs; St. Luke, Greenwell Springs; Scott’s, Port Allen; LeJuene, Lobdell; Asbury, Natchitoches; Mallileu, Lafayette and St. James, New Iberia. After her husband’s death, she became a faithful member of Camphor UM Church until her passing.
Mattie attended annual conferences, Women’s Meetings, Clergy Spouses’ Meetings, Retreats, Church Women United Annual Meetings and church services. She loved United Methodist Women where she served as an officer locally and on the district level. She served as secretary of the district Ministers’ Wives for a number of years. She was also an Eastern Star.
She and her husband opened a school in Livingston parish in Springfield, Louisiana where she was the principal, teacher, cook and janitor. She taught 1st to 12th grade at St James Methodist Church where Rev. Smith was pastor. She also taught in the public school in West Baton Rouge Parish.
Mattie lived for her children and even more for her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She never met a stranger. She would engage in conversation with anyone whether it was male or female or any race. Wherever she went everyone fell in love with her.
Mattie and her family joined her in association with the people of the United Methodist Church and the great music and hymns of the Christian faith that instilled within them self-actualizing virtues that would lift the levels of their spiritual and moral commitment to Jesus Christ.
“A life well-lived is a precious gift of hope, strength and grace from someone who has made our world a better and brighter place.”
Rev. Roger D. Lathan
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