Ms. Nancy Frazier Bolt to celebrate a Century of life
By: Lorraine Smith Tigner
HOUSTON- Nancy was born June 7, 1812, the fourth of five children raised in Natchitoches (pronounced Naka-dish) Parish, Louisiana. Natchitoches Parish, in northwestern Louisiana, is part of the greater Red River Valley with a unique blending of African-Caribbean, French, and Spanish cultures which we now simply call “Creole,” meaning “created.” The classic movie, “Steel Magnolias” based on a true story, was filmed entirely in Natchitoches and released in 1989. Writer, Robert Harling Jr. is a native and resident of Natchitoches.
Nancy’s parents are the late Alex Frazier and Cora Jackson Frazier. Nancy had four siblings, who are all deceased: Florence Wright, Hezekiah Frazier, Leza Frazier and Henry Frazier. Nancy worked hard on her family’s farm where they raised much produce, including cotton, corn and other vegetables.
She and her family spent all day Sundays in church and BYPU on Sunday evenings. Nancy attended high school and recalls fun times with siblings, “Playing Poison” where they would make a ring circle, placing a stick in the middle, pulling on each other until one fell in the circle and was called poison.
Nancy loves her family and recalls trips going back home to Natchitoches for Christmas and family reunions “because we had to see Momma!” She tells an inspiring story of her mother who lost her eyesight and was living with her oldest sister, Florence. Her mother, although blind, refused having a doctor “poke around her eyes.” Amazingly, after 11½ years of being blind, her mother regained her eyesight! Immediately all of the family from near and far loaded up at the same time and went to visit their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Cora. Some were born in the family whom she had never laid eyes upon. Her mother concluded that God did not want her to see some things in those 11½ years.
On March 17, 1928 Nancy became the wife of Daniel Boult, a childhood friend, who also lived in the Natchitoches community. They gave birth and nurture to three sons, Elvin C. Boult, Freddie Boult, and Clyde E. Boult. After all three sons married and moved to Houston, Texas, Nancy and her husband Daniel also made their home in Houston in 1957. They joined Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in July 1972, two months after its establishment. Their sons joined their parents in life-long memberships, as well.
Mrs. Nancy Boult outlives her three sons and her husband of 53 years. Nancy and the late Daniel Boult have 12 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, 32 great-great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Daniel worked various agricultural jobs and was a custodian at Mt. Ararat where Nancy would help him. She loved working in the church where she would sing with the Ladies choir and the larger Seraphim Choir. Additionally, she served on the Mission Board, and as she puts it, “of course, Sunday School.” Nancy was also a maid who did laundry, cooked and child care outside of her home. She also worked at the Coca Cola plant.
Nancy is quiet but like being in the company of others. She likes being in a church where she can know others and where others can know her. “Some of my church members say they want to pattern their lives after me, and it means so much to me.”
One of the first, and most trusted friend she met in Houston was Elnita Johnson. They were very close and shared many secrets with one another until Elnita’s death. Elnita’s son, Fred, who still calls and check up on Nancy. Nancy considers the Moore family, who have been her next door neighbors over 18 years, as trusted friends who she has shared with in many good favors. “They are always faithful. Things I could not ask of any one else, they have done. Debra is the funny type, she makes me laugh.”
Sister Nancy Boult attends church at Mt. Ararat whenever she can and she reads her Bible every night before going to bed. She sometimes reads the Daily Word devotional. When she looks at TV its only for the news and some spiritual programming. She likes Pastor Terry Anderson of the Lily Grove Baptist Church and Pastor Ralph West of The Church Without Walls.
She wants to be remembered for her cooking and special meals. Also, remembered for how she related with family and friends. “I don’t want to be a cranky old woman, but I want to smile and not frown and be remembered for that. Above all, I want to be remembered for my Christ life.”