Minnie Smoot, a nurse who worked alongside her husband at the medical office he opened to serve African-American patients more than 40 years ago, died of stroke complications Feb. 26 at Sinai Hospital.
The Cross Keys resident was 87.
Born in Demopolis, Ala., she was the daughter of Thomas J. Richardson and his wife, Abbie.
She was a 1947 graduate of U.S. Jones High School and received a nursing diploma and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Tuskegee Institute.
She remained in Tuskegee after graduation and became a surgical nurse in the operating room at the John A. Anderson Memorial Hospital. She later nursed at a Veterans Administration hospital,...