Elizabeth Reid Smith


Mrs. Elizabeth Reid Smith, daughter of the late Maggie Carter and the late Richard Reid, entered into eternal bliss after 97 years of a rich and fulfilling life.

“Bute Fair,” as she was so affectionately called by her friends and family, was born in Kendall Grove, Va., and was educated in Northampton County.

Bute, at an early age, affiliated with her family church, Bethel A.M.E., Eastville. Bute loved her family and spent countless hours cooking and preparing their favorite meals, which included fish and sweet potatoes that many loved. She was a nurturing and loving parent, but was strict when necessary and all of her children knew it.

Bute spent many years working as a housekeeper/domestic; this work was more than a job, it was a profession that she took great pride in and instilled that pride and work ethic in her children and grandchildren.

Bute was always lively, energetic, and sporty. Bute loved cooking, entertaining, and playing cards and bingo.

If she could share any words with us today, she would tell us, “I lived a good life, and I made it as far as I did ’cause I treated people like I wanted to be treated, and I put God first.”

Bute was predeceased by four children, Rosa Reid, Elizabeth Moore, Thomas Smith, and Prince Smith.

Bute leaves to share the fond memories of her long and glorious life 10 children, Viola Reid (Peter), of New York, James Smith, of California, Doretha Reid Patterson, of New Jersey, William Reid (Tabatha), of Alexandria, Va., Chester Reid, of New York, Jerome Reid, of New York, Larry Reid, of the Philippines, Margaret Reid, of Machipongo, Shirley Spady, of Alexandria, and Rudolph Smith, of Alexandria; 24 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
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