Margaret Booth, 1939-2007
Vail, CO Colorado
After a brave, 19-year battle against cancer, Margaret Booth died peacefully at her home in Eagle on Sunday. She was 67.
Margaret was born on Nov. 4, 1939 in New Orleans. Her family moved to
Garden City, N.Y. in 1948. She graduated from Cedar Crest College and started her career teaching on Long Island, N.Y. in 1961.
In 1975, Margaret moved to the Vail Valley, and then to Eagle in 1979. She worked as a real estate agent/property manager in the valley.
Over the years, she has developed a large and loving network of friends ” really an extended family. She had great passion for people, animals ” especially her cats ” and the great outdoors.
She will be remembered for her generosity, wit, sense of humor, fierce determination and incredible spirit.
Prior to her illness, Margaret was an avid and adventurous traveler and was a great story teller of her exploits, whether around the world or climbing Mount of the Holy Cross. She relished living in the splendor of the Eagle River Valley. It was truly a paradise for her.
Family and friends will never forget the sight of Margaret carrying the 2002 Olympic torch through Eagle on its way to Salt Lake City. She was singled out for this honor in recognition of her grace and indomitable spirit in her long battle with cancer.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Madeleine and Edwin Booth.
Margaret is survived by her sister, Madeleine Booth of Eagle and her brother, Ed Booth of Bloomington, Minn., his wife, Jan, and their four children and spouses, and eight grandchildren.
In addition, many kids grew up knowing Margaret as second mother or aunt. She also had two godchildren.
Her family owes a great debt to all of her friends in the valley who have so generously cared for her over the past few months as she was able to enjoy this time just as she had wished. We would also like to thank Vail Valley Hospice, Glenwood Medical Associates, Valley View Hospital staff and the people at Heritage Care Center in Carbondale.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Gypsum Recreation Center. Everyone is welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741
In closing, we remember Margaret Booth as she inspired us to take on adversity with unflinching determination, courage and honesty; to live life to the fullest and to care for family, friends and community.