JEANNIE BOOTH

Jeannie Booth, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 surrounded by her loving family.
She was a devoted mother and grandmother (Nanny); a resilient and strong woman who made an impact on the lives of so many.
Jeannie was born in West Merkle, Thurso, Scotland to Donald and Christina Shearer. She came to Canada as a war bride in 1946 with her two small children, lived a short time in Nestor Falls and Devlin, Ont., before settling in Burriss, Ont. on their farm to raise the family.
She was an active member of the Burriss Ladies’ Aid and a 4-H leader in Homemakers Club. Although she was a religious person, Jeannie was unable to attend church services as often as she would have liked until moving to Fort Frances in 1981.
She learned to knit when she was four years old and continued to make sweaters, afghans, and mittens until failing eye sight in her later years forced her to give up her beloved hobby.
Jeannie is survived by her five children, Christine (Monty) Brunwin of Thunder Bay, Ont., Elaine (Hans) Beyer of Victoria, B.C., Shela (Bill) Storry of Wolfville, N.S., Lynda (Tom) Chandler of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Ian (Neila) Booth of Burriss.
Also surviving are 10 granddaughters, Kelly (Joe) Brunwin-Harding, Patricia Brunwin, Tracey Booth, Dawn Booth, Lea Storry, Kyla Storry, Sara (Devin) Storry, Nicole (Jeremy) Chandler, Julie Chandler, and Danielle Chandler; one grandson, James (Siobhan) Booth; and seven great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Matthew, and Parker Booth, Collin and Myles Harding, and Jaden and Lienna Storry-Trefry.
She also is survived by her sister, Georgina of Scotland; special nephews, Jack (Carol) Booth and Tom (Linda) Booth; several nieces and nephews both in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia; brother-in-law, Bert Booth of Atikokan, Ont.; and sisters-in-law, Ethel Khober of Fort Frances, Ont. and Ann Booth of Sarnia, Ont.
Jeannie was predeceased by loving husband, James “Jim” in February, 1954; her parents; infant granddaughter; sisters, Sarah, Daisy, and Chris in Scotland, and Helen in England; brothers, Donald in Australia and Alexander in Scotland; and numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews in Canada and Scotland.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 19, 2007 at Knox United Church in Fort Frances, with Rev. Jill Warner officiating.
Despite living in Canada for many years, Jeannie never lost her love for the sea and her native Scotland. Services ended with Piper Jordan Manty playing one of her favourite tunes, “Loch Lomond.”
Internment took place in Burriss Cemetery.
The pallbearers were Tom Booth, Ted Booth, Joe Danku, Jock Spence, Shawn Spence, and Tim Spence.
The honourary pallbearers were her grandchildren.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Glaucoma Society or a charity of your choice c/o Green’s Funeral Home, Fort Frances, Ont. 
“Mama’s Hands”
I saw you hide your hands in line, behind that lady fair, I noticed, too, hers soft and white—immaculate from care.
But Ma, I say, it’s no disgrace to have workin’ hands like you. And had she lived the life you have, she’d have hands just like it, too.
But her hands have never hauled in wood, or worked in God’s good Earth. They’ve never felt the bitter cold, or chopped ice for waitin’ stock. They’ve never doctored sick ones, or packed water to the barn.
They’ve probably never patched blue jeans, or had worn ol’ socks to darn.
They’ve never touched a young’n, or caressed a fevered head, With hands so gently folded, all night beside the bed.
They’ve never scrubbed a kitchen floor, or done dishes every day. They’ve never guided with those hands a child who’s lost the way.
They’ve never made a Christmas gift,shaped by a lovin’ hand. They’ve never peeled apples, nor vegetables they’ve canned.
They’ve never worn a blister, or had calluses to show, For all they’ve done for others, and the kindness I know.
So you see, my dearest Mama—yours are hands of love. And I bet the Lord will notice when he greets you from above.
Tommi Jo Casteel

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