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Our one in a lifetime mother Elizabeth Delores Wright Charles also known as Liz or Nana or her nickname Bootsy Born on September 18th, 1943, in Charleston South Carolina. Elizabeth was the most loving caring and generous person in the world. She was raised by her grandmother Elizabeth Roper where she spent a lot of time with her brother Charlie and cousins Francis, Mickey, Yvonne Drye and William White etc. in South Carolina. She then moved to New York where she would step into adulthood and help her mom Virginia Sims to raise her brother Randy Smalls and sister Nancy Smalls. She also became close to Cousin Edward Wright, they had a bond that sealed them together like a brother and sister. She devoted her life to her children and grand/great grandchildren and helped people in need especially in the community. Elizabeth Graduated from Jersey State College in 1994 with her BSN and later became a supervisor at United hospital then went on to work at St. Bridges and Broadway house in Newark, NJ. She also studied for her MSN in Theology. She was a member at Metropolitan Baptist church in Newark, NJ for over 15 years which led her to a street ministry where she went outside and spread the gospel to anybody that would listen. She also visited other churches such as Mount Olive Baptist church in East Orange, NJ where her son Winston is a member. When she took ill pastor Michael J. Jordan would come to the house and pray with her. Elizabeth was the rock of the family and anybody that knows her knew she gave great advice and didn't sugarcoat nothing if your wrong your wrong and if your right your right. One thing she didn't play about was her children her grands and great grands she would make sure they would never want for anything.
Elizabeth had a passion for bowling and received several trophies over the years, she would eventually introduce her daughter Cynthia and her grandson Mykel to bowling. She was very active in family events and functions. She was a mother to so many people not just her own children. She believed in her family, whatever dreams they wanted to chase she was very supportive and had a willingness to help any and everyone. Although she transitioned to heaven she will not suffer anymore. She fought a great fight and outlived what doctors told her she turned 2 weeks into 3 years. Her last 3 years she lived with her daughter and her fiancé along with a few of her grandchildren. They treasured their Nana. Skylar would feed Nana and rub her feet and have talks with her. Her youngest grands in the house would make sure they climbed all over her sometimes they got a toe or a leg maybe some drool to get to her, but she knew she was loved. We wish we could spend another eternity with her or even just another day but God said it's time to come home my sweet child and so she did.
Elizabeth D. Wright Charles has gone home to be with her mother Ethel Virginia Wright Sims her grandmother Elizabeth Roper her brother Randolph Smalls her Aunt Aida (Ernestine) Wright Aunt Viola Drye Uncle Leroy Roper and Aunt Flora bell Jenkins. She also is loved by her stepdad Elliot Sims. We all know they are looking at us from up above. Elizabeth is survived by her sister Nancy Smalls aka pudding and her brother Charles Wright aka tuna and her aunt Geneva Roper. Her children Winston Sidney Charles, Michael Anthony Charles, Cynthia Michelle Charles, her bonus sons Kenneth McClain aka Kenny and James Barnes, her grandchildren Mykel Charles, Marquel Charles, Makai Charles, Adonis Hayden, Skylar Hayden, Seri McGill, Milineam McGill, Omar McGill, Queen Elizabeth McGill, and her great grandchildren Aliviana Charles, Maviana Charles, DJ Easterling, Marquel Charles jr (MJ) and nephew Michael Warner. Until we see each other again mom, we love you and generation after generation you will be honored. Thank you for being the gift and the light to this family, we will forever hold you in our hearts forever. To everyone you are Bootsy or Liz or Ms. Charles to us you are ma, mommy, mom, and Nana. Our sweet lady Gone but never Forgotten. Your chariot awaits.