Boddie, Margaret (Mrs. W.D.)


Sept. 14, 1912 - March 9, 2005
Margaret Smith Boddie was born into the parsonage family of Dr. and Mrs. Harry C. Smith in Durham, North Carolina, on September 14, 1912. She was a graduate of Duke University where she sang in the chapel choir and Gilbert and Sullivan productions. After graduation, she was secretary to the Dean and Registrar of the Duke Divinity School. There she met a student of that divinity school, W. D. Boddie. They were married in 1941 in a double wedding ceremony with Margaret’s sister Ruth who married Jack Cooke, dear friend of W.D. They joined the Louisiana Conference in that same year, beginning ministry at Felicity Church in New Orleans, followed by the Lisbon Circuit, Springhill, Bunkie, Rayville, Crowley, the Monroe District, First Church Monroe, the New Orleans-Slidell District, and ending their ministry at First United Methodist Church, Shreveport in 1993. W. D. and Margaret epitomized pastor-partners, serving God and their congregations together as a team, always faithful to each other, to their friends, to their family, to their churches, and to their God. Margaret was a strong church leader in her own right, leading study groups and Sunday school classes wherever she was. She was a lover of books, learning, and the Word of God. She also loved entertaining and feeding myriads of church groups and groups of friends.
Margaret and W.D. were dedicated parents and are survived by three children, Linda Clark and husband David of Natchitoches, Louisiana; Susan Davis and husband Sam of Dallas, Texas; Wyatt David Boddie, III, and wife Deborah of Dallas, Texas. Grandchildren are Laurie Clark Bridges and husband William, Cinda Lynette Clark and husband Richard, Erin Davis McWhirter and husband Nicholas, and Matthew Clayton Davis. One great grandchild is Caroline LeAnne Bridges.
Margaret died on March 9, 2005, surrounded by her children and with “peace at the last,” as ends a prayer that she and W.D. shared together: “O Lord, support us all the day long of this earthly life till the shadows lengthen and the evening falls. And when the world is hushed, and the fever of life is over and our work is done, in thy mercy grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.”

Linda, Susan, and David, with
gratitude to Dr. Donald A. Webb

Source: 2005 Journal

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