Edwards Funeral Home


Noriko "Nickey" Boatright

October 20, 1945September 17, 2021
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Noriko “Nickey” Boatright of Fort Smith, Arkansas, left her earthly home on Friday, September 17, 2021, at the age of 75. Nickey was born October 20, 1945, in Manchuria, China to the late Kinnosuke and Nao (Ogusu) Kasuya.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, James Boatright of Fort Smith Arkansas; one daughter, Adina Boatright, of Fort Smith, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Alize Boatright, of Joplin, Missouri; a brother, Takeshi Kasuya and his wife of Shimofujisawa, Japan; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Nickey was a homemaker and member of Mulberry Church of Christ. She was a faithful servant of the Lord and a Proverbs 31 godly woman. She was a wonderful cook and loved gardening, sewing, knitting, playing cards, and watching college sports. Nickey was small in stature but had a huge heart and larger-than-life personality. She never met a stranger and her animated expressions, funny stories, and contagious energy made her loved by all.

Nickey met the love of her life, a tall, handsome American airman who she married on June 26, 1969. Her loving husband was always by her side and their love was a beautiful testament to all. The other jewels in her life were her daughter and granddaughter; she was extremely proud of her girls. She cherished every moment spent with her family and lived each day to the fullest.

The family will visit with friends on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Edwards Funeral Home, Fort Smith, Arkansas. A funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 9:30 AM at West Ark Church of Christ in Fort Smith. Graveside services will follow at the National Cemetery of Fort Smith at 11:00 AM. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 23, 2021


Noriko "Nickey" Boatright

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Eddy Russell

September 24, 2021

Uncle Jim, Adina, and Alize… Aunt Nickey’s funeral was a beautiful remembrance of her. I really enjoyed hearing the stories about her youth and how she met Jim. I’m so glad I could be there with my whole family. I have so many fond memories of being with all of you at church, on vacations, holidays, and all kinds of family gatherings. You are a big part of who I am today. I love Aunt Nickey and all my family very much. I will always cherish my memories of her and carry all of you in hearts. I look forward to the day we’ll see her again in heaven.

Sandra and Phil Smith

September 23, 2021

Nickey was such a joy. She was a great example to everyone around her. Love and prayers to Jim, Adina and Alize.

Merrill and Claire Pence

September 21, 2021

We loved Nickey, as did all who met her. She was so vivacious and a joy to be around. Her life was a testimony to the godly wife and mother described in the Bible.