The whole Wilmore community was shocked and grieved Christmas evening to learn of the sudden passing of Mrs. Henry Booth, which occurred at the Robert Booth home, where she with the rest of the family and a number of other relatives had spent the day. While she had been in ill health for some time, death did not seem imminent. She had spent the past few months in town, keeping house for her son, Charles who is a senior in W. H. S. Only last week she expressed a desire to live until he completed high school. By that it seems she alone realized the seriousness of her condition.
Funeral services were conducted at the Christian church Wednesday afternoon by the pastor, Rev. D. B. Bennett, who used her favorite scripture, 2nd Timothy 7:8 for his text.
A quartet composed of Royce and Valtos Richardson, Rudy Alder and Ray Bigbee sang "Oh Think of the Home Over There," "No Night There" and "No Disappointment In Heaven" with Mrs. Nick Baker at the piano. Pallbearers were F. H. Moberley, C. V. Lott, Bruce Snare, Charlie Guyer, C. O. Masterson and George Brown. There was a profusion of floral offerings. Interment was in the Wilmore cemetery.
The News joins a host of friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
Bessie Jane Bell, daughter of John and Martha Bell, was born September 14, 1891 at Wilmore, Kansas and departed this life Sunday, December 25, 1938 at 4:00 p.m. at the Robert Booth home near Wilmore at the age of 47 years, three months, eleven days. Her death was due to heart trouble.
The deceased had spent her entire life in and near Wilmore, having been born on what is known as the "Old Bell Homestead," one mile west of Wilmore. Her entire life is an open book to those who have lived any length of time here. Early in life she professed Christ and worked with the Baptist denomination acting as pianist and served in that capacity a number of years, later uniting with the Christian church in the year 1917.
On January 15, 1916 she was united in marriage with Henry Booth. To this union five children were born; Florence Bell, Helen Mae, John Robert, Charles Henry and George Wayne. The later preceded her in death, passing away September 5, 1930. Also surviving are her husband and one sister, Mrs. Bertha Pepperd of Wilmore. Her mother passed away June 4, 1927 and her father, April 20, 1936.
Mrs. Booth was a loving wife and mother, always thoughtful of her family. Her going will leave a vacant place among us, that can never be filled. She leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure from life.
"A Precious one from us is gone.
A voice we loved is stilled,
A Place is vacant in our home
That never can be filled."
Charles Henry "Chuck" Booth, son of Bessie (Bell) Booth.
George Wayne Booth, son of Bessie (Bell) Booth.
The BOOTH Descendants of The Bairds of Lanarkshire in Comanche and Kiowa Counties, Kansas.
August Alva Metzger, husband of Helen Mae Booth; son-in-law of Henry and Bessie Booth.
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