Jean Booth’s life to be celebrated

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A celebration of Jean Booth’s life is being held at North Chapel and Rossburn Receptions, at Rangiora today.

Jean Lilian Booth (nee James), died on April 8 at Rangiora’s Charles Upham Retirement Village, just a few weeks short of her 102nd birthday.

Jean was born in Otautau, Southland on May 21, 1919.

She grew up in a large family with one brother and eight sisters, all of whom have died.

She worked on the family farm in Westfield, and during the war managed the property wth one of her sisters, Maude.

Later she learned the soft furnishing trade working at H&J Smith’s department store in Invercargill.

She married Malcolm Booth, in 1954 in Invercargill.

Jean went to live with Malcolm on his farm, where she helped out. The couple retired in 1982 and moved to a small farm in Rangiora before later shifting to a house in Kingsbury Avenue.

Malcolm died in 1994, but Jean remained in their home until Decemer 2016, when she moved into a serviced apartment at Rangiora’s Charles Upham Retirement Village.

The celebration of Jean’s life is at 2pm, followed by an interment of her ashes at Rangiora RSA Cemetery.