Jeanette Boone-Smith, 77; longtime community and political activist
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Burial will be in George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, N.J.
“I’ve always been very proud of her,” said Nathaniel. “She was always bright and cheerful and would do anything for anyone.”
Their father, Livingston, and mother, the former Beatrice Scott, both died of tuberculosis, Nathaniel said. His sister was then raised by an aunt. She graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood in 1952 and attended Bergen Community College in New Jersey.
The loss of her own parents seemed to make Mrs. Boone-Smith determined to reach out to young people.
Bradley Turner of Dorchester credited her with helping him forge a career as a research scientist when he came to Boston from New Jersey to study at Harvard University, and began attending her church. He now works at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “Jeanette was amazing,” Turner said. “She cared deeply for everyone. She pushed every time I saw her. I could always count on her asking, ‘How are you? How’s it going? Haven’t you finished that yet?’ ”
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