MAUDESTER ELAINE SMITH was born on May 19, 1926 to McClare and Louise Smith in Houston, Texas. She attended Bruce Elementary School and graduated from Jack Yates High School in 1942. She went on to complete her pre-nursing degree at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama and Paradise Valley School of nursing in San Diego California. Maudester became one of two African Americans to graduate from the Paradise Valley Hospital program in 1947. Maudester began her career as a register nurse practicing for 44 years before retiring in 1991. She continued as a consultant in the nursing field as well volunteering until her passing. She belonged to numerous nursing organizations. She was excellent at her profession.
Maudester joined and was baptized at the Berean SDA Church in Houston, Texas. She transferred her membership to 31st Street SDA Church in 1948, where she remained a member until her passing. Maudester was active in many organizations. She was Chairman of the Board of Directors for Kings Daughters Inc. for twenty years. She was active with the Path Finders and the His Own Praise Dance Team. She was an excellent cook and knew her way around in the kitchen for those special occasion fellowship Sabbath meals. She served in many capacities in the church and was well known for her direct approach.
Maudester married the love of her life, Reginald George Sr, on September 1, 1947. Their union was blessed with three sons, Reginald E. George, Ronald E. George and Richard E. George.
Maudester was preceded in death by her parents, McClare and Louise Smith Sr.; her husband, Reginald George Sr.; her one and only sibling, McClare “Bubba” Smith Jr. and sister-in-law, Dorothy Smith.
Left to rejoice her Homegoing and to cherish her memory are sons, Reginald George, Ronald George (Kim) and Richard George; nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
PROVERB 3:5-6, KJV
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