Murfreesboro lost a compassionate leader Saturday morning (5/31/2014) when former Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Beth Smith passed away. There will be a memorial service at a later date at the Murfreesboro Funeral Home across from Indian Hills.
Habitat for Humanity President Dan Johnson said, "She was a caring good woman who gave her all to helping families get proper housing. Habitat was Beth's love and dedication. She devoted her life to helping people. I always joked with her that she was the daughter that we never had. Knowing Beth was a blessing to all of us. She was a good Christian and loved by all. She will be missed."
Former State Representative John Hood of Murfreesboro commented, "Beth Smith was such a wonderful leader for Habitat for Humanity. It was never a job to her, but a calling as she worked tirelessly to provide housing to those in need. What a beautiful person she was, both inside and out. She will be missed by so many. I enjoyed her wonderful personality and treasured her genuine friendship."
Never Did Anything Half-Way
One person noted that Beth never got into anything half-way.
In addition to her love for Habitat for Humanity, she also was active in the Murfreesboro Rotary Club. In her 10-years at the local civic club, she served as sergeant-at-arms, secretary, president elect and was president of the 100+ member organization in 2009-2010. In 2011 she was selected as assistant to the governor for Rotary district 6760.
Smith always enjoyed helping others, and one of her favorite projects at Rotary was giving out dictionaries to all third grade students. She coordinated this literacy program for several years, up until her health issues became a challenge.
Friends who were close to Beth commented that she was as brave in dying as she was in fighting for life.
Beth was married to Richard Smith, and they just celebrated their fifteenth anniversary about 3-weeks ago. She also enjoyed her fifty-fourth birthday in April. She was the daughter of longtime Fayetteville educators Dot and Don McAlister. She graduated from Fayetteville Central High School and Middle Tennessee State University.
Again, there will be a memorial service for Beth Smith at a later date at the Murfreesboro Funeral Home across from Indian Hills.