Church Mothers: Mrs. Florida B. Smith

In honor of Mother's Day, we are celebrating a group of women in the Mississippi Delta who anchor their communities as only a mother can.

Story by Alysia Burton Steele
Mrs. Florida B. Smith
Photo: Alysia Burton Steele

Charleston, MS
Age: 87

Matriarch of: 10 children, 29 grandchildren, 9 great-grands, and 4 great-great-grands

"I would say think. Think before you jump, and check things out. You don't know what you jumpin' into. You know, just because you see a person, or a job, and it looks good, everything that looks good ain't good. So, think and then pray and ask for wisdom. And if you get something good, know how to treat it after you get it, because a lot of people get something good, they don't know how to treat it until they then lost it."