Camp Point native and current resident Joan L. Booth 93, passed away peacefully after a short illness surrounded by family and special care provider, her sister in-law, Patty Booth at Blessing Hospital in Quincy on April 7, 2021. She was born at Blessing Hospital in Quincy on April 22, 1927.
Joan was the fourth child and third daughter of the 13 children born to William N. and Gladys E. Davis Booth.
Joan attended grade school and graduated from Maplewood High School in Camp Point. After high school she attended and graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois and the Air University Professional Management College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.
During 20 years of distinguished service to her country in the United States Air Force, Joan rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Locations of military service for Lt. Col. Booth included United States based assignments in Utah, Massachusetts, Alabama, Washington, DC and California. Locations of overseas assignments included England, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. While serving her country, Lt. Col. Booth was presented the following decorations and awards: the Bronze Star Medal (Meritorious Service while assigned in Southeast Asia), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), the National Defense Service Medal (with one Bronze Star), the Air Force Reserve Medal (with Hour Glass Device), the Air Force Longevity Service Award (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Outstanding Unit Award (with “V” Device), the Republic of Korea Commendation Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Star).
After retiring from the military, Lt. Col. Booth chose Tucson, Arizona as her home and began a dedicated and distinguished career in real estate in the fast growing Tucson area. She sold homes and properties with Peacock Realty for 20 years. During this post military retirement period she also began supporting Junior Golf in the Tucson community and continued to support youth programs in the area for the next 32 years.
Joan also supported two causes that had special family meaning and significance. Joan made generous donations to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in the name of family members and in her final wishes, was a major benefactor to Hebron Cemetery.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, her older brother William S. Booth, her older sisters Georgia Booth Curry and Ellen Jean Booth Myers, younger brothers Ben Booth, Wil Booth and Herb Booth in addition to younger sisters Charlotte Booth Brace-Sjastaad and Judi Booth Knight.
Joan is survived by younger sisters Betty Booth Pitts of Plainfield, IL, Polly Booth Jacobs of Galesburg and her younger brothers Chris Booth (Gin) of Farmington Hills, MI and Jerry Booth (Patty) of Rural Camp Point. She is also survived by cousin Duane Evans (JoAnn) of St. Louis, 27 loving nieces and nephews and numerous great and great grand nieces and nephews.
In order to be closer to family, in 2017 Joan moved from Tucson back to Illinois and resided first in Golden and later moved nearer her hometown of Camp Point where she was assisted with travel and appointments by her special care provider and sister in-law, Patty Booth.
Per her request and wishes, Joan was accorded cremation services by Lummis-Hamilton Funeral Home in Camp Point and her remains will be interred in the family plot at Hebron Cemetery in Rural Camp Point.
A Celebration of Life for the incredible life Joan lived and the legacy she leaves behind will be announced in the near future.
Memorials for Joan L. Booth can be directed to the Hebron Cemetery Association c/o Jerelyn Douglas, Treasurer 312 Parkview Dr. Camp Point, IL 62320.