Rayner & Sons Funeral Home
Mable Clara Smith Myrick
(October 23, 1921 - February 24, 2012)
Mable Clara Smith-Myrick
Mable Myrick was born to Ollie Bell Townsend-Burns (Itta Bena, MS) and Ras Clifford Smith Sr. (Goodman, MS) on October 23, 1921 in Chicago, IL. She was one of seven children. She had two sisters and four brothers. In childhood, Mable grew up in Chicago where her father owned a grocery store located near Ida B. Wells housing authority and later moved to 53rd and Wabash. Mable was given the nickname "Becky" by her cousin Goldie Drane because they thought she looked like Shirley Temple's sidekick Cathy.
Mable was educated in the Chicago Public School system. She attended John Farren Elementary school and graduated in the DuSable High School class of 1941 and was an active member of the Alumni Club. After high school, she attended Woodrow Wilson College and graduated in 1944. Throughout the years, she also took many classes at Chicago State University. Mable began her career, with the United States Treasury Department, working in stenography as a transcriber and filer. She worked for the Treasury Department for seven years until she went on maternity leave. Later in her career, she worked for Western Electric for nineteen years.
Mable taught tap dancing at the Southside Art Center from 1940 to 1942. She was also a member of the Berean Troopers Dramatic Club. This group was very special because the troop leader, John Thomas, invited a man named Porter Myrick Sr. to join the group. Soon after, she and Porter began to date. Porter would come over and spend time with her family and they would go to Friday night dances. Mable shared that she liked the fact that Porter had a job, an education, a winning smile and she thought he was handsome. They dated for about a year and Porter asked Mable's mother Nana for her hand in marriage. She remembers Porter stated, "Mable's don't grow on trees." On September 5, 1943 Mable and Porter married at Corpus Christi Church, located at 49th and Martin Luther King Drive, during the noon mass. They honeymooned in downtown Chicago by going to a movie. On December 25, 1946, this union received a blessing when their only daughter, Madeleine Carol was born. A few years later they were blessed with a son, Porter Jr. born on January 10, 1949. She was an active member of St. Thaddeus Church, where she really enjoyed being a part of the Ladies AuxilIary of the Knights of Peter Claver and served as Grand Lady. Mable also supported the Center Aisle Players theatre group and several fashion shows. Later, she became a member of Christ Universal Temple and participated in the Prayer Ministry and the October Birth Month Club.
Mable, known affectionately as "Grannie" to her family, enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren. She was really a family person and loved serving her family. She loved conversations with her sisters and friends. She enjoyed many hobbies including knitting, crocheting, tennis, scrapbooking, bowling, square dancing and swimming, as she joined the Senior Synchronized swim team at the YWCA Mable was an avid traveler, journeying to five continents and twenty two European countries. She also loved to "shop till she dropped". Mable was known for asking the store clerks to call her a cab to usher her home, from these exhausting shopping excursions. Mable was a longtime member and volunteer at The Goodman Theater and loved going to plays. Mable had an excellent fashion sense and creativity. Mable's overwhelming curiosity for technology prompted her to buy a laptop, get a G-mail account and Facebook page. Many Sundays when she was unable to make it to church, she could view the sermon, streaming live, on her computer. Mable said if she could sum up her life in one statement she would say, "I got a lot of living to do." Her advice to her grandchildren was to "Enjoy life and love everybody because God loves everybody."
Mable departed this life on Friday, February 24, 2012.
Mable leaves to cherish her husband, Porter W. Myrick Sr; son, Porter W. Myrick Jr. (Sandra); two sisters, Arlegia Long of Muskegon, MI and Queen Esther Brown of Carson, CA five grandchildren, Kimberly Matthews (Steven), Elizabeth Yarbrough (Divelle), Hilary Winston (Adam), Porter W. Myrick III (Kerin), and Clayton Myrick; and nine great- grandchildren, Kierra, Madison, Aden, Emery, Xavier, Alexander, Dillan, Colby, and Cameron. She also leaves a host of other relatives and close friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Madeleine Myrick Norton.