Jeffri Ann Botkin
Jeffri Ann Botkin, 62, a resident Wimberley, died June 18, 2019, while on a scuba diving trip in Cozumel, Mexico. Born May 22, 1957, in Gatesville, Jeffri lived an ever-expanding life on her own terms, always with determination and resiliency. An avid reader, foodie, and lover of music, art and jewelry, at the center of her world was her immense love for family, friends and creatures.
After graduating from Gatesville High School in 1975, Jeffri attended The University of Texas where she earned a degree in accounting in 1980. Jeffri moved to Houston, in 1983 where she joined the accounting firm, Schulse Hartwig Richter & Co. For the next 35 years, she worked as a CPA specializing in tax, including 25 years as a Partner with Schulse Hartwig Richter & Co, UHY Advisors and BDO USA. Upon her retirement from BDO in 2018, she and her husband, Tim Smith, moved from Houston to Wimberley, to start the next chapter of their life together.
Jeffri was raised in the Church of Christ. That was her starting point. The more time she spent in this world learning about other people’s beliefs and perspectives, the more her spiritual life changed. She believed there was a higher power, the power of the universe, whatever it is. Jeffri would sometimes refer to that power as “God,” but for her, the label “God” constrained what she sensed was much too expansive, powerful, and comforting to be labeled.
There is no way to overemphasize the love and light Jeffri put into the world. But she probably never really knew it. It didn’t take much effort on her part. It was just who she was. She was deliberate with her actions, especially with family and friends. Jeffri had so many friends, and not just surface relationships. She connected, and stayed connected, with people from all facets of her life.
Jeffri was preceded in death by her parents, Paul Jefferson Botkin and Ruth Ada Botkin; and her brothers, Jackie Paul Botkin, Thomas Keith Brasher and Steve Scott Brasher.
She is survived by her husband, Timothy Lee Smith; her brother, Charles Alan Botkin and his wife, Shannon Botkin; nieces, Lisa Jageler Rhea, Nancy Brasher, Elizabeth Botkin, Madison Botkin; nephews, Paul Botkin, Scott Jageler, Randy Brasher, Luke Jageler; and her chosen family members, of which there are many.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, July 9 at 2 p.m. at The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Jeffri’s name be directed to an organization you think would make Jeffri smile (e.g., Humane Society, Oceana, anything else of your choice).