Evette M. Boykin, a retired paralegal and longtime Northwesr Baltimore resident who worked for the federal government, died June 7 of a stroke at Genesis Health Care-Waldorf Center in Waldorf. She was 59.
The daughter of Crosky Belle, a construction worker, and Alfreda Belle, a hospital worker, Evette Marcella Belle was born and raised in Baltimore.
She was a 1973 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. She attended Baltimore City Community College, where she earned a degree in psychology in 1978.
Ms. Boykin was a 1983 graduate of Georgetown University's paralegal program, and later majored in computer science and accounting at Prince George's Community College.
She began her more than four-decade career with the federal government working for the Social Security Administration after graduating from high school.
Ms. Boykin later joined the Department of Justice as a paralegal, where she worked in the Environment and Natural Resources Division and the Environmental Enforcement Section. She retired in 2013.
"She was a very lively person who enjoyed dancing and socializing," said a daughter, Evonne Monet of District Heights. "She was always willing to impart her wisdom upon others, and her warm smile and sincere kindness made her presence a true joy to be around."
Ms. Boykin, who moved to Temple Hills in 1999, enjoyed reading and traveling.
She was a member of Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7707 Allentown Road, Fort Washington, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday.
In addition to her daughter, Ms. Boykin is survived by another daughter, Olivia Eunice Boykin of Temple Hills; a stepson, Marlon Boykin of Washington; her mother, Alfreda Belle of Baltimore; a brother, Maurice Wood of Culver City, Calif.; two sisters, Francine Belle of Baltimore and Roberta Belle of Los Angeles; and a granddaughter. Her marriage to George Boykin ended in divorce.