Betty Booth

January 22, 2013 • Obituaries


Betty Booth was born Betty Lou Washam to Lon and Melvernia Washam, in 1924, in Proffitt, Young County, Texas. During the Great Depression her family survived by farming. Betty grew up in the panhandle of Texas and went to school in Middlewell, Hereford, and Clovis. Her family moved to Roswell the summer before Pearl Harbor and outbreak of World War II in 1941.

Betty worked for Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph company for four years, during which she married Leroy (Hank) Booth. During the 1950s Betty became very active with the youth. She was den mother for Cub [auth] Scouts and helped organize school track meets, PTA functions and Cub Scout student events, and student shows at Washington Avenue Grade School.

Betty was head of accounts payable department at Arrow Gas for 10 years and later at Coca-Cola for 10 years as secretary. After Betty retired, she became a Shaklee distributor and enjoyed helping many people with vitamin deficiencies and health situations. Betty loved listening to music, singing, dancing, and reading. She loved nature. Betty loved cats, and made a daily ritual of feeding her cats, birds, and squirrels. Betty appreciated animals as gifts from our creator and spent many hours cultivating her flower gardens. Mom loved young people and extended herself to provide help, advice, and love to those needing emotional support and assistance.

In 1957, Betty dedicated her life to Jehovah God sovereign of the universe. Her hope is to live in the “Paradise” Adam and Eve lost due to their transgressions. This hope is found in Revelations 21:4 “Where there will be no more pain, sickness, sorrow, or death…for the former things shall pass away.”

Those deceased preceding Betty were her parents Lon and Vemia Washam; her husband Leroy G. Booth; sister Florene Vaughn and husband Elmo; brothers, Jeff Washam and Noel Washam; nieces Kay Turner, Nancy Goff and husband Ray; and great-niece Kelly Vaughn.

Betty is survived by her son Rex Booth, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; grandson Alan Booth and his wife Tomoko; great-grandchildren, Curtis Booth and Ashley Booth, of Sacramento, Calif.; neph-ews, Gordon Vaughn, Gordon Vaughn Jr., Billy and Bobby Washam, Wayne Washam and Larry Washam; and nieces, Cathy Morrison, Cheryl Parker, Sharon Hooser and Debby McCailum.

No services are scheduled at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s memory to The Watchtower Bible Tract Society, Treasurers Office, 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11201-2483.

Family and friends of Betty may pay their respects online at

Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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