Beatrice Smith – October 2, 2011

Beatrice Smith passed into eternity on October 2, 2011.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at the Dumont Community Building in Dumont, Texas.  Burial will follow at the Dumont Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ludie Beatrice Thompson was born to Dock & Viola Thompson on May 5, 1917 in Franklin County at Tharptown, Alabama.  She was the 13th of 15 children born to Dock & Viola.  Five of the children did not survive infancy.  She grew up with three brothers and six sisters.  Of the 15 children born to Dock & Viola, Beatrice was the last survivor.
She moved with her family to Fort Towson, Oklahoma when she was four years old.  When she was nine, her family moved to Idalou, Texas, then to Delwin, Texas.  That’s where they were living when her father died.  The next move was to Gardner Flat, Texas, then to Dumont, Texas.  Beatrice and her siblings usually missed about half of each school year because they worked in the fields in order to survive.  Everything they were paid was turned over to their mother for groceries and other essentials.
Beatrice finished her junior year of high school at Dumont, where she met Paul Smith.  They were married on September 15, 1936 at the Baptist Parsonage in Dumont.  Over the next few years they became the parents of four sons: Paul Dwaine, Everett, Glendell, and Curtis.

Dumont is the only place Paul and Beatrice ever lived together, with most of that time spent on farms around Dumont.  She poured her life into her family as a hard-working housewife and mother.  She did most of her work without modern conveniences for much of that time.  She handmade, sometimes out of flour sacks, many of the shirts that her sons wore.  When they went to town on Saturdays in Paducah, frequently all four boys would be wearing shirts alike that she had made.  Quilting was one of the special interests of her life.
After her husband died in 1968 Beatrice moved to Matador, where she lived longer than she lived anywhere else in her life.  She continued to work hard for many more years to support herself by keeping children for the people of Matador.  She moved to Amarillo and into Independence Village in 2006.  In 2008 she moved into Heritage Convalescent Center, her final home on earth.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; 2 grandsons; a daughter-in-law; a grandson’s wife; and a great-grandson.
Survived by four sons and their wives: Paul & LaNora Smith of Amarillo; Everett & Ginny Smith of Abilene; Glendell & Bonnie Smith of Weatherford, TX; Curtis & Lela Ann Smith of Muleshoe; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren

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