WATERBURY – Mrs. Othella F. Booth, 91, of Waterbury, has a wonderful transition to glory to be with her Lord Jesus on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Saint Mary’s Hospital. She was the widow of Mr. John Booth Sr.
Mrs. Booth was born on February 26, 1931 in Whitakers, NC to the late Mrs. Lucy Belle Speight. She later moved to Connecticut where she continued her education.
Mrs. Booth married her lover, John Booth Sr. and they remained married for 59 years until his death in 2009. Together they raised seven children. At the beginning of the marriage she was employed by Princeton Knitting Mills in Waterbury.
When her children came of age, she re-entered the labor market and became assistant manager of Child World toy chain in Waterbury and Hamden. When Child World closed, she took a job as assistant manager at Jabs Store in Waterbury.
Mrs. Booth was a longtime attendee of Mount Olive AME Zion Church and previously Grace Baptist Church, both in Waterbury. She loved reading the Bible, listening to hours of gospel music, cooking, travelling, shopping and took immense pride in caring for her family.
With her melodious contralto voice, she loved to sing spiritual hymns. She sang for Bond Bread radio advertisements in her younger years and joined the Grace Baptist Church Senior Choir in the late ’80s.
Mrs. Booth leaves her children Linda (Lamont Williams) Alvarez, Marva Booth, All California, Marsha Booth from North Carolina, John (Patricia Grimes) Booth Jr. from Rhode Island, Jennifer Booth and Judith Booth to cherish the memory of her and Philip Booth, all of Waterbury; two granddaughters, Jamie (Roland Purdy) Hawley of North Carolina and Victoria (Kevon) LeCraft of Middletown; 11 great-grandchildren, Keyandra Hawley, Nasya Silas, Dasha Silas, Aliyah Hawley, James Hawley III, Elijah Hawley, D’Andre Hawley, Simone McLean, Jalen McLean, Malaysia Ashley and Kaylani LeCraft; two great-great grandchildren, Nehemiah Hawley and Kyleah Jones; a niece, Mrs. Leslie Crocheron, great-niece Lori Crocheron, great-great-nephew Tristan Dyer, all from Tennessee; several cousins, including special cousin Joe Battle of Washington, DC and nephew Bert Pittman of Waterbury; she is also survived by her close, longtime best friend, Mrs. Canarie Smith; and a host of beloved extended families and special friends.
In addition to her husband and mother, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mrs. Marion Johnson, and her grandson, James Hawley II.
Donations in honor of Mrs. Booth can be made to Mount Olive AME Zion Church, Senior Center, 82-100 Pearl St., Waterbury, CT 06704.