Jean I. Booth BARRE — Jean I. Booth, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in her warm, welcoming room at Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin. During the last days of her life, she was surrounded by her children, their spouses, her grandchildren and the thoughtful, caring staff at Woodridge. Born in 1932 in Websterville, she was the daughter of Herbert and Anna Serfass. As an only child, “Jeannie” was the light of her parents’ life and grew up in a very loving household. After elementary school in both Websterville and New Britain, Connecticut, where her parents lived briefly, she attended Spaulding High School and graduated in 1950. She attended Johnson State College for two years, then married and started a family with Gordon Booth, a local dairy farmer and her high school sweetheart. Farming was entirely new to Jean, but she had a strong work ethic and adapted quickly, raising four very active children in a house near the farm on Allen Street in Barre Town. She was a wonderful and tremendously loving mother, and her children have benefited throughout their lives from the values and wisdom she shared with them. After 27 years of marriage, Jean and Gordon divorced and Jean went back to school at Community College of Vermont, earning excellent grades and developing very strong skills in bookkeeping and accounting. She worked at Howard’s Market in South Barre for several years before taking a position in the Direct Bill department at Vermont Mutual Insurance Co. in Montpelier. She enjoyed a long career at Vermont Mutual until her retirement in the mid-1990s, and throughout her years there, her precise, high-quality work and attention to detail were appreciated and acknowledged many times by her department manager and the chief financial officer. During the early years of her professional life at Vermont Mutual, Jean purchased a house on Anderson Avenue that suited her perfectly, and which she turned into a comfortable, cozy home. She loved her life there and puttering around the house and yard was a source of great joy for her. Given her love for housecleaning and orderliness, her family agrees that right now, Jean is likely vacuuming the stardust off the Pearly Gates of Heaven with great gusto. Jean had a very strong, sustaining Christian faith and enjoyed a lifelong relationship with the Baptist Church in Websterville, both as a member and a volunteer. For 17 years during her professional life and retirement, she volunteered her time as an accounting clerk for the church, both renewing friendships and creating new ones during her many years there. She considered the Websterville Baptist Church her spiritual home throughout her life. Survivors include her children Michael Booth (Jill) of New River, Arizona, Mark Booth (Donna) of Barre, Vicki Gauthier (Tim) of Barre, and Lori Booth-Houle (Craig) of Cave Creek, Arizona; as well as seven grandchildren Dan, Jamie, Andy, Tony, Bobby, Ian and Gwyn; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Herbert Jr., who died in infancy. In her late-70s, Jean was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a disease with similarities to Parkinson’s. She had developed enormous resilience and inner strength in childhood and in her years as a wife, mother and professional woman, and these qualities characterized the way she dealt with this disease. She never complained about the burdens of living with its symptoms, and she expressed heartfelt gratitude every day for all the blessings she consistently saw and appreciated in her life. Jean’s positivity and faith inspired everyone who knew her, and she was well-loved by her children, extended family members and caregivers. Jean’s family would like to extend deep appreciation and special thanks to Vicki Gauthier for her many years of devotion, love and care on Jean’s behalf. They are also grateful to the many caring and attentive staff members at Woodridge Nursing Home, where Jean lived the last years of her life in comfort and contentment. The service to honor and celebrate her life will be held at the convenience of her family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Websterville Baptist Church, 143 Church Hill Road, Websterville, VT 05678. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements. For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com.

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