Barbara A. <I>Allen</I> Booth

Barbara A. Allen Booth

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Death 5 Jun 2009
Burial Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 65467525 · View Source
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Barbara (Allen) Booth, a lifelong mainstay of Worcester, died peacefully at her home on June 5th.

She was 97 years old. Mrs. Booth had been married to Howard M. Booth, former publisher of the Worcester Telegram, the Evening Gazette, and the Sunday Telegram. She grew up in rural Spencer on land that her "grandfather's grandfather" received for his service in the Continental Army under General Washington.

She was the daughter of Charles E. Allen and Ruth K. Allen, and was the eldest of five children.

She leaves two children, George F. Booth, II of Petersham and New York City, Brenda B. Clapp of Marco Island, Florida, a granddaughter, Hilary Kreitenstein of Weston, Florida, and three great grandchildren. A daughter, Penelope B. Rockwell, predeceased her.

Mrs. Booth had a wide range of community involvements. She was a trustee of Old Sturbridge Village, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and the Worcester Historical Museum. She was a two-time president of the Worcester Garden Club, a director of Family Services of Central Massachusetts, and a founding director of the Friends of Hope Cemetery. She was president of the Junior League of Worcester and a corporator of the Worcester Art Museum and enjoyed a close association with many other area institutions. She was a member of the First Unitarian Church, the Worcester Club, and a former member of Tatnuck Country Club.

As a philanthropist, Mrs. Booth took great satisfaction in giving back to a city and community that had been so good to her and her family. Mrs. Booth made significant gifts to many area charities and institutions, but it was the "little things" she did that touched so many people in Worcester.

Mrs. Booth funded the education of four young people, sponsored children at Easter Seals Camps, bought Thanksgiving turkeys for families at Friendly House, installed a bench in a community garden at Crown Hill, and helped fund a classroom at the Unitarian Church, a conference room at UMass Memorial's research center, and an ophthalmology surgery room at Hahnemann Hospital. In honor of her late husband, she sponsored educational programs at the EcoTarium. She also funded a garden at Hope Cemetery and each year, donated the tree that schoolchildren plant on Arbor Day.

At her beloved Worcester Historical Museum, she funded the George F. Booth Gallery and the catering kitchen along with restoring the museum's collection of family chairs from the Salisbury Mansion.

She graduated from David Prouty High School in Spencer, Fannie Farmer Cooking School, and attended Wheaton College. When her children were younger, she was very involved with Bancroft School.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 11 th at First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester. There will be no calling hours, and burial will be private. Contributions in Mrs. Booth's memory may be made to the Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609 and/or Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566.


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  • Created by: Mark Wing
  • Added: 10 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65467525
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Barbara A. Allen Booth (unknown–5 Jun 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65467525, citing Hope Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Mark Wing (contributor 47348447) .