Pauline Smith
1927 - 2020
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Pauline Smith

Tinton Falls - Pauline Bolden-Smith peacefully departed this life on June 23, 2020. She was born on February 1, 1927 in Carbondale, West Virginia-the third of five children. She was predeceased by her parents the late Otis Lee and Deacon David Bolden, Sr. and she met and married her high school sweetheart, Richard Smith (d. 2011) on January 31, 1946-a union that lasted 65 years. They were blessed with five children: Shirlaine (d. 1971), Anne Victoria, Otis Yvonne, Delores Ann, and Richard Jr. and leaves 9 grand and 18 great grandchildren. Mrs. Smith also raised 5 foster children and provided financial support to children in Kenya. Their blessings included 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Pauline was baptized and grew up in Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Carbondale, West Virginia; attending Sunday School, participating in youth activities, and singing in the choir. Pauline, the young adult, had a knack for community organizing and fundraising; playing an instrumental role in securing funding and workmen to make repairs to Mt. Zion. She resigned her leadership role to attend to her daughter, Shirlaine's, illness with a congenital heart defect) and the family relocated to New Jersey and the Deborah Heart & Lung Center to seek better medical care. Mrs. Smith was an active member of the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Red Bank, since October 1963, holding leadership positions in most every church organization.

After moving to Red Bank, Mrs. Smith was an active member of the Pilgrim Baptist Church since October 1963; when the Church was known as 'Little Pilgrim' - was located on Pearl Street in Red Bank. At Pilgrim, she worked with every organization and held leadership positions in most including Secretary of the Willing Worker Club (founded by her mother, Mrs. Otis Lee Bolden), President of the Missionary Society, Chairperson of the Membership Committee, Chairperson of The Scholarship and Music Committees, Director of Vacation Bible School and President of the Deaconess Ministry.

Mrs. Smith worked as a nurses' aid for The Riverview Medical Center then at the River Crest Nursing Home in Red Bank. Pauline was an Avon representative (1953 - 1985); in 1977 The Avon Corporation recognized her, as the highest producing salesperson in the Nation. Her Avon platform gave her insight into the needs of town residents and enabled her to solicit community support for families in need. She served at the Lunch Break in Red Bank and cheerfully contributed from her own pantry shelves to help those in need. She always wanted to be a missionary and lived her dream in greater Red Bank visiting area hospitals, nursing homes and homes of the elderly and shut in.

In addition to service in the church, Mrs. Smith was active in community organizations. She was a member and Past Worthy Matron of Martha Chapter #37, O.E.S.-P.H.A.; chairperson of the State Queen pageant, Oziel Grand Chapter, O.E.S.-P.H.A.; Trustee of the White Ridge Cemetery Association; Past General Chairperson, Chaplain and member of the Monmouth County Cotillion Committee, Inc.; Past Daughter Ruler of the Phyllis Wheatley Temple #276, I.B.P.O.E. of W.; Assistant Chaplain of the Mary Hightower District Council; Chaplain and member of the New Jersey State Gospel Choir; member of Church Women United; a Field Worker for the Sea Coast Missionary Baptist Association; and a member of the NAACP of Red Bank. She was honored to receive The Central Jersey Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., highest award 2000, the Sojourner Truth Award, and was the recipient of the Louise C. Hughes Silver Bowl Award for Outstanding Service from the New Jersey State Association of the I.B.P.O.E. of W. Women's Auxiliaries and served as the General Chairperson (in addition to many other offices) of the Monmouth County Scholarship Cotillion. The Pauline Smith Scholarship Foundation was created to acknowledge the community service of college bound Monmouth County high school seniors.

A socially distanced visitation will take place on Saturday, June 27 at Ely Funeral Home from 9 - 11 am and the funeral service will be livestreamed on the Ely Funeral Home website.






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Published in Asbury Park Press on Jun. 26, 2020.
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June 27, 2020
Charlton Goodrich
Friend
June 27, 2020
To Mark and the Grayson family, my deepest condolences.
David Terry
Friend
June 27, 2020
Very sorry to hear about her passing. She was a very sweet lady and gave back so much to our community. Glad I had the honor of knowing Ms. Pauline. My daughter was a recipient of her scholarship in 2017. RIH Ms. Pauline
Jackie McGown
Acquaintance
June 27, 2020
Auntie PAULINE YOU ARE THE TRUE QUEEN OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD REST PEACEFULLY IN GOD'S LOVING ARMS AUNTIE
Yvette Simmons
Friend
June 27, 2020
My Mother-President-Pauline B. Smith...SAFE IN HIS(JESUS) ARMSI Love You So Dearly..I THANK ALMIGHTY-GOD FOR YOUR UNCONDITIONAL LOVE ...YOU GAVE TO YOUR GOD-DAUGHTER, GOD FOR PLANTING YOU IN MY LIFE...(Miss You Mom)
Jeanette OBryant
Daughter
June 27, 2020
I am very saddened to hear about the passing of Pauline. She was a lovely beautiful person. May she rest in eternal peace.
I'll always remember her sitting on her porch across from my house.
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Maria Robles
Friend
June 27, 2020
Rev. Arnold & Milagros Jeter our prayers and thoughts are with the family.
Deaconess Pauline Smith (Mom) was a true warrior and servant for the most high God. We love her and we will miss her. May she rest in peace.
Rev. Arnold & Milagros Jeter
Friend
June 27, 2020
You are a phenomenal woman and i love you forever ❤
Nia Owens
Family
June 27, 2020
Aunt Pauline was a very loving woman. Her words of wisdom were precious morsels to be consumed by all. I will cherish the many good times I had with her. She was a blessing to all. I pray Gods peace which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds as we mourn our beloved Aunt Pauline Smith!!!
Krishnan Natesan
Family
June 26, 2020
I've know Mrs. Smith for the pass 17years. And she is one of a kind. Strong , amazing , and powerful woman. She will be missed but never forgotten. RIH Mrs. Smith I Love You so much.
Yvonne Starks
Friend
June 26, 2020

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou
Aunt Pauline always made me feel loved and cherished. Every time I would see her, she would have that big sweet smile on her face and she would give me a kiss. I will truly will miss her. She always told me, to give God my best.
Abbas Sabur
Family
June 26, 2020
Praying our dear cousin Rest In Peace. She was such a joy, a loving and beautiful soul. She left her mark on many and will be missed by all.

~Cousin Joe Harris & family
Joe Harris
Family
June 26, 2020
I am sorry for your familys loss ...

May Pauline Rest In Peace And May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her ...

Bob Woods
Friend
June 26, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to the entire Smith Family..I loved Mrs Pauline who helped me with the Queen Pagent and the 1979 Monmouth County Cotillion..she was so sweet and kind! RIP Sweet Angel .. will be missed
Wendy Leonard (Johnson)
Friend
June 26, 2020
I remember Ms. Pauline as a kind and sweet lady. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Lisa D. Cooper
Acquaintance
June 26, 2020
I pray the family finds peace during this difficult time. My hope is you find happiness celebrating memories, love and a life well-lived.
Joya Harris
Friend
June 26, 2020
Our deepest condolences and heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. Mama Pauline was a beautiful, sweet, kind woman of God who showed us all how to truly be faithful servants to the end. I'll never forget all her life lessons, how she took me under her wings as soon as I met her, and made me feel like I was one of her own. She had that affect on so many --- a born nurturer and selfless soul. She was simply the best and is already tremendously missed. Rest well, rest well good and faith servant and our forever Mama Pauline. We love you.

Norma & Pete Rogers
Norma
Friend
June 26, 2020
I remember Aunt Pauline to be a person rooted like a tree in the foundation of the earth. No matter what came her way, that root never swayed nor was cut down and she is still rooted.
Doris Britton
Family
June 26, 2020
My deepest heartfelt condolences to the family. Mrs. Pauline was such an awesome woman of God. I will never forget how she helped me with the loss of my daughter and husband. Take your rest. We loved you but God loved you best.
Lois Moore
Friend
June 26, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Ostein &Wilhelmina Vaughn
Friend
June 26, 2020
I take comfort in knowing that when Pauline went home to be with the Lord, there must have been a long line of people waiting to welcome her home! Jesus, Richard, Momma Otis, and so many others!
My cousin was truly iconic! While I will miss her dearly here on earth, I know she is at home with the Lord! That brings me great joy!
Alan Bussey
Family
June 26, 2020
she Was truly a beautiful soul. My heart goes out to you Yvonne and your family. Condolences from the Dailey Family.
Yvonne Dailey
Acquaintance
June 26, 2020
My Condolences to her family.
Irene Harper
June 26, 2020
What a Beautiful Lady. I am going to miss her so much. Thank you Mother Smith for the many enjoyable moments we had. I will cherish the memories forever in my heart.
Sheila
June 26, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to the family of Pauline Smith. May she Rest In Peace. A life well lived.
Councilman Edward J. Zipprich
Acquaintance
June 26, 2020
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E J Zipprich
June 26, 2020
To have known a woman so iconic and peacefully forceful is a gift. To share her DNA and legacy is revolutionary. My grandmother was the first activist I knew and one of the few who impacted the world and people without complaints or violence just pure effectiveness. Rest easy Nana, you have your earned wings.
-Love your granddaughter,
Crystal
Crystal Smith-Morgan
Grandchild
June 25, 2020
The most wonderful and dedicated person I have ever known or heard of. God bless and her and give her eternal rest.
Hon. Thomas F. Shebell Jr
Acquaintance
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