Obituary: Mabel Bernice Greene Bookert

Mabel Bernice Greene Bookert, 98, passed away peacefully on January 20th 2021. Born in Wilmington, North Carolina on November 21st, 1922 to the late John Wesley Greene and Minnie Hill Greene. Mabel was a devoted wife to the late Dr. Charles C. Bookert, mother to Dr. Lisa M. Bookert Cross, mother-in law to Douglas K. Cross and grandmother to Kenny Cross, Neville Cross and Blair Cross.

She attended Fisk University and was a graduate with a BA degree from the School of Education at The University of Pittsburgh.

Mabel married her high school sweetheart, Dr. Charles C Bookert in Clairton, Pennsylvania. In the early days, Mabel worked alongside her husband to promote and support his private Medical Practice.

She was a pillar of her community in Clairton and the Pittsburgh area. Mabel was a member of First AME Church, Clairton, PA. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Links.

She was on the International Poetry Forum Advisory Board, and Women’s Auxiliary to McKeesport Academy of Medicine.

Mabel served on the United Way Allocations Committee, the board of the McKeesport Cancer Society, Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh, The National Board for Family Service of America and was a major donor and supporter for the Black Heritage Swimming Championships.

She enjoyed traveling, having lived in Germany and visited Paris, Morocco, London and Monaco. Mabel had a love for her dogs, Tobey, Pierre, Andy and Sir Jones and one cat Rachel. Mabel had a love for reading, fine arts and was an avid painter.

Her only child, Dr. Lisa M. Bookert Cross, survives her. The date of the interment is to be announced. She will be laid to rest beside her husband at Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport, PA.

In lieu of flowers, please keep the family in your thoughts during this difficult time.


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