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Rosalind Gillespie Booker
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Birth: unknown
Death: Apr. 12, 2012
Spring City
Rhea County
Tennessee, USA

The Herald-News
April 12, 2012

Rosalind Gillespie Booker, 89, died April 12, 2012 in Spring City Tennessee.

Rosalind was born on March 22, 1923 in Chillicothe, Ohio to Maurice and Louise (Lingenfelter) Gillespie. She had one sister, Barbara. Rosalind attended Purdue University, graduating in 1945 with a degree in science. It was there that she met and fell in love with Edward Eugene Booker, better known as Gene. After his return from the war, the two were married in Aurora, Indiana on April 21, 1946. Rosalind worked as a Registered Medical Technician in Lafayette Home Hospital while Gene graduated in 1947 from Purdue. She later worked at Garfield Park Hospital, Chicago, faithfully supporting Gene as he pursued his theology studies at Northern Baptist Theology Seminary. They had three children, Ralph, Silas, and Mary. The family lived in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania while serving both the American Baptist and United Methodists Churches. After her husband's death in 1985, Rosalind moved to Spring City, TN., where she lived until her death on April 12, 2012.

Rosalind pursued many hobbies and charitable activities. She was a quilter, knitter, and avid gardener. She also enjoyed the outdoors, going on many family camping trips. She was an active volunteer at Our Daily Bread. She knitted sweaters for children of World Vision and made shawls for the Prayer Shawl ministry. She sang in her church choir. She taught Sunday School at the Spring City United Methodist Church and led a Bible study at Abby Mae's Hill, the assisted living facility where she lived the last two years. Rosalind was a world traveler. She visited Egypt, Israel, Ireland, and England. She took several mission trips to aid others, once to Alaska and twice to Guatemala. She was once honored as Spring City Volunteer of the Year.

Rosalind is survived by her sons Ralph (Norma) Booker and Silas (Linda) Booker. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three nieces and one nephew.

She is preceded in death by her husband Gene, sister Barbara (Gillespie) Gage, daughter Mary (Booker) Wermer, and granddaughter Elizabeth Wermer.

Rosalind donated her body to The University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holston Home for Children. Donations can be made to HHC through the Spring City United Methodist Church or at

A memorial service will be held April 21, 2012 at 11 AM at the Spring City United Methodist Church in Spring City, TN. Reverend Dale Wyrick shall officiate.
Body donated to medical science
Specifically: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Created by: Jayanna Dotson
Record added: Apr 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88850622


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