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Isabell Smither Andrews

Houston, Texas

November 29, 1942 - May 9, 2024

Isabell Smither Andrews Obituary

Reverend Isabell “Mopsy” Smither Andrews was born November 29, 1942, and died May 9, 2024.


In her words her family and friends have meant everything to her. It has been her joy to care for and serve others as a reflection of God’s love in their lives. At the time of her parting, she left this legacy to her family and friends, “Grieve not, nor think of me with tears, but laugh and love as if I were beside you. I loved you so. T’was heaven here with you.”


She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gary Wayne Andrews; her son, Wayne Clay Andrews; son-in-law, Steve Wortham; four grandsons, Aaron Wayne Andrews, Daniel Clay Andrews, Joshua Layne Andrews, Trenton Gene Wortham; and two granddaughters, Amber Christine Wortham, Tara Grace Wortham. Preceding her in death are her mother, Imelda A. Smither; her father, Hal M. Smither; and her beloved daughter, Laura Andrews Wortham in 2015. She is also survived by many cousins who have been like brothers and sisters to her and her many dear friends. Her life has been enriched by loving, lasting relationships.


Mopsy served for 30 years as an ordained deacon at Chapelwood United Methodist Church. She graduated with the class of 1960 from Bellaire High School. She attended the University of Texas where she was initiated as a member of Chi Omega. She graduated from the University of Houston in 1963 and taught school in HISD. She had her family and later received an associate degree in Christian Education from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She studied at Scarritt Theological Seminary for her ordination as a deacon in 1997. Elected as Chair of the Order of Deacons of the Texas Annual Conference in 2004, she was on the Executive Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry through 2012, and chair of the Division of Education and the Division of Family Ministry.


Church and volunteer community service were evident in every phase of her life. She freely gave her life to serve others. On the Board of the Young Women’s Christian Association, she received the YWCA Distinguished Service award in 1979. She is a past president of the Houston Chi Omega Alumnae Association and a board member from 2010-2015 of the Houston Junior Forum and Holly Hall Christian Retirement Community. She and Gary were honored at the HJF benefit in2017. Serving on the Hedwig Village City Council from 1988-1992 she was honored as a Hometown Hero by Warner Cable for her contributions to the wellbeing of children in the Memorial Villages area.


She was on the founding Board of Memorial Assistance Ministries, a coalition of churches in the Spring Branch area serving low-income families. Twice she was recognized for her leadership in ministry and mission work of the United Methodist Women. In the fall of 2000, she coordinated the design of the Learning Center for children at Chapelwood United Methodist Church that provides room environments to stimulate children’s Christian education experiences. She initiated the JET ministry – Job Encouragement for Transition - for those in career transition and The Gathering Place to provide respite care for caregivers in collaboration with Interfaith Care Partners. For 6 years she led a women’s Mission of the Move team ministering to children in Tapachula, Mexico whose parents were in prison.


Since 2002 her ministry has focused on the development of BOLDer Adults, a ministry to and through senior adults. The mission of this ministry is to explore new ways for older adults to use their God-given talents, to claim the limitless power of God’s love and grace, and to continue to give meaning to their lives. In 2004 BOLDer Adult Ministry was selected as the Outstanding Senior Adult Ministry in the Texas Annual Conference and in 2006, Mopsy was selected as the Outstanding Senior Adult Leader in the conference. She has lived her life believing by faith that every circumstance that occurs in our lives can ultimately be used to help others and to God’s glory.


A memorial service will be held for her on Saturday June 1, 2024, at 11a.m. in the sanctuary of Chapelwood United Methodist Church on 11140 Greenbay Street, Houston, Texas 77024.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mopsy to the Foundation of Chapelwood UMC, 11140 Greenbay ST, Houston, Texas 77024-6729 or to Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, 400 Private Road 6036, Palestine, Texas 75801-0646 or to a charity of your choice.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Isabell Smither Andrews hosted by Miller Funeral and Cremation.

Reverend Isabell “Mopsy” Smither Andrews was born November 29, 1942, and died May 9, 2024.


In her words her family and friends have meant everything to her. It has been her joy to care for and serve others as a reflection of God’s love in their lives. At the time of her parting, she left this legacy to her family and friends, “Grieve not, nor think of me with tears, but laugh and love as if I were beside you. I loved you so. T’was heaven here with you.”


She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gary Wayne Andrews; her son, Wayne Clay Andrews; son-in-law, Steve Wortham; four grandsons, Aaron Wayne Andrews, Daniel Clay Andrews, Joshua Layne Andrews, Trenton Gene Wortham; and two granddaughters, Amber Christine Wortham, Tara Grace Wortham. Preceding her in death are her mother, Imelda A. Smither; her father, Hal M. Smither; and her beloved daughter, Laura Andrews Wortham in 2015. She is also survived by many cousins who have been like brothers and sisters to her and her many dear friends. Her life has been enriched by loving, lasting relationships.


Mopsy served for 30 years as an ordained deacon at Chapelwood United Methodist Church. She graduated with the class of 1960 from Bellaire High School. She attended the University of Texas where she was initiated as a member of Chi Omega. She graduated from the University of Houston in 1963 and taught school in HISD. She had her family and later received an associate degree in Christian Education from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She studied at Scarritt Theological Seminary for her ordination as a deacon in 1997. Elected as Chair of the Order of Deacons of the Texas Annual Conference in 2004, she was on the Executive Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry through 2012, and chair of the Division of Education and the Division of Family Ministry.


Church and volunteer community service were evident in every phase of her life. She freely gave her life to serve others. On the Board of the Young Women’s Christian Association, she received the YWCA Distinguished Service award in 1979. She is a past president of the Houston Chi Omega Alumnae Association and a board member from 2010-2015 of the Houston Junior Forum and Holly Hall Christian Retirement Community. She and Gary were honored at the HJF benefit in2017. Serving on the Hedwig Village City Council from 1988-1992 she was honored as a Hometown Hero by Warner Cable for her contributions to the wellbeing of children in the Memorial Villages area.


She was on the founding Board of Memorial Assistance Ministries, a coalition of churches in the Spring Branch area serving low-income families. Twice she was recognized for her leadership in ministry and mission work of the United Methodist Women. In the fall of 2000, she coordinated the design of the Learning Center for children at Chapelwood United Methodist Church that provides room environments to stimulate children’s Christian education experiences. She initiated the JET ministry – Job Encouragement for Transition - for those in career transition and The Gathering Place to provide respite care for caregivers in collaboration with Interfaith Care Partners. For 6 years she led a women’s Mission of the Move team ministering to children in Tapachula, Mexico whose parents were in prison.


Since 2002 her ministry has focused on the development of BOLDer Adults, a ministry to and through senior adults. The mission of this ministry is to explore new ways for older adults to use their God-given talents, to claim the limitless power of God’s love and grace, and to continue to give meaning to their lives. In 2004 BOLDer Adult Ministry was selected as the Outstanding Senior Adult Ministry in the Texas Annual Conference and in 2006, Mopsy was selected as the Outstanding Senior Adult Leader in the conference. She has lived her life believing by faith that every circumstance that occurs in our lives can ultimately be used to help others and to God’s glory.


A memorial service will be held for her on Saturday June 1, 2024, at 11a.m. in the sanctuary of Chapelwood United Methodist Church on 11140 Greenbay Street, Houston, Texas 77024.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mopsy to the Foundation of Chapelwood UMC, 11140 Greenbay ST, Houston, Texas 77024-6729 or to Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, 400 Private Road 6036, Palestine, Texas 75801-0646 or to a charity of your choice.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Isabell Smither Andrews hosted by Miller Funeral and Cremation.

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