Gracie May Booth of Lincoln, formerly of McCook, died Saturday (April 16, 2005) at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln. She was 83 years of age.
Gracie was born Aug. 12, 1921, in Red Willow County to Thomas and Hilda (Young) Cain. Gracie grew up in Maywood and Bisbee, Ariz. She attended Maywood and Bisbee schools.
She was married on May 7, 1940, to Clarence Eugene "Buss" Booth in Oberlin. To this union two children were born, Brad and Linda. They made their home in McCook. Gracie graduated from the McCook Beauty Academy and received her beautician's license in 1963. She worked for the Beth Fair Beauty Shop.
Gracie was involved in league bowling, was a volunteer at the High Plains Historical Society, a den mother for the Cub Scouts, a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Auxiliary and a member for over 50 years of the Memorial United Methodist Church in McCook. She was a child of the Depression era whose life was shaped by the deprivations of those times. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence on April 14, 1985; five brothers, Samuel, Clarence, Herald, Lloyd and Gary; two sisters, Inez M. Brown and Helen I. Doyle; and one great-grandson, Travis Harsh.
Survivors include two children, Brad Booth of Wimberly, Texas and Linda Hein and husband, Rick of Lincoln; eight grandchildren, Dennis Harsh of McCook, Diana Harsh Laird of Mayetta, Kan., Doug Harsh of Bartley, Dan Harsh of Pueblo, Colo., Don Harsh, Andy Hein, Jon Hein and Crystal Hein Buscher of Lincoln; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, at the Memorial United Methodist Church in McCook with the Rev. Dr. Jeffery Thurman officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in McCook.
Memorials may be given in her name to the High Plains Historical Society and friends may call at Herrmann Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.