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Mabel Jane “Boots” (Bader) Fike
June 6, 1935 ~ February 6, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Mabel Jane (Boots) Fike was born June 6, 1935, at McCarty. She was the daughter of John Robert Bader and Virginia Long Bader.
She departed this life peacefully at her home, with her daughters by her side, on February 6, 2024. She was 88 years old.
On June 6, 1955, at the First Baptist Church, Bootsie married the love of her life, Denver Howard Fike. They built their home on the family farm on the “Cottonwood Road” which Bootsie was proud to say was the road she lived her entire life on.
She loved being a part of her community and was very active in it. She helped roll hot tamales every year for the R3 party. She served coffee to the residents of the nursing home for 30 years. Supporting the local businesses by shopping in them and also encouraging others to shop locally was very important. It might have meant lemonade slush from Sonic, donuts for handcrafters at the library, buying the local paper weekly, buying socks at the dollar store for people in need, stocking the blessing box and the list could go on and on.
Bootsie had a wonderful group of friends. She played bridge monthly with a group of ladies for over 50 years. Laura, Nita, Freddie, Libby, Betty, Martha and Dot were all examples of true friendship. She also studied with Explorers Bible Study for 45 years. Not only was this another group of strong friends but also a deepening of her faith.
Cooking was a passion. Making bread, buttermilk pies, cakes and chicken and dumplings became a part of her ministry. She shared them with so many. She and Howard were known for “Sunday lunch.” You always knew who the regulars would be, but you never knew who the extras would be. Many laughs, tears, and lots of love were shared around their dining room table. The relationships built around that Sunday lunch table still continue through generations by phone calls across the country. Many of those calls were incoming the last few days as people called to tell her goodbye.
Honduras and the Navajo Nation became passions of her and Howard. They went on many short-term mission trips to both and fell in love with the people they ministered to and with the people they served with.
Bootsie had a gift for maintaining long term relationships. She wrote many notes to friends that had moved away and also made many weekly encouraging phone calls to friends.
She is survived by three children: Jane Fike of Caruthersville, Missouri, John Fike (Kate) of Jackson, Mississippi, & Sue Maners (P.G.) of Caruthersville, Missouri; one sister: Sue Streete; six grandchildren: Parker Gerald Maners, III (Samantha) of Southaven, Mississippi, Jane Clare Morris (Christopher) of Caruthersville, Missouri, Rivers Fike (Michelle) of New Orleans, Louisiana, Elizabeth Akers (Kenny) of Bono, Arkansas, George B. Fike of Madison, Wisconsin, & Ellen Fike of Cheyenne, Wyoming; five great grandchildren: Denver Jane Morris, Decker Parks Morris, Rafael Howard Maners, Zayden Paul Akers, & Ella Grace Akers; and other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a son – Howard Bader Fike.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 2:00 pm in the H.S. Smith Funeral Chapel. Interment to follow in Maple Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 12:00 pm.