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Nancy Caroline (McLean) Booth

1944 - 2021


Nancy (McLean) Booth, age 76, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Nelson and Clara (Brown) McLean. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John Booth in 2010. Nancy was very active, loved to travel, work on crafts, writing books, and working on her drawing. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and was named Queen Mum of her chapter. She always had a good sense of humor and lived for the holidays when she could decorate the house and spend time with her family and friends. Nancy loved her cat Dolly, and was a lady that wore many hats. She will be deeply missed by her children, David (Kathy) Thwaites, Dennis Thwaites; grandchildren, Stephen (Jennifer) Thwaites, Eric Thwaites and Jen Rotach, Joshua Pearce and Fiancé Alexandria Martin, Sara Pearce; Great-grandchildren, Madison and Isla Thwaites; Step Children, Linda (Kelly) Ramsdell, Curtis (Gisela) Ramsdell; sister, Patricia (Jack) Lowe; niece, Pam (Chris) Nawrot and nephew, John Lowe. In keeping with her wish, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Nancy enjoyed her years living at Beacon Hill at Eastgate, and asked that any memorial donations be made to Beacon Hill Foundation at www.beaconhillgr.org or mail to Beacon Hill 1845 Boston St. SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Online condolences may be left on her Tribute Wall at www.throopfh.com.

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Michael & Ann Cassady

April 14, 2021 2:25 PM

Such a sweet soul now at peace.  We really enjoyed visiting John and Nancy when they came south to Gulf Shores Alabama and they were joined by Dave and Kathy and kids.  The Mardi Gras parades were so much fun.  God bless her soul and her family as well!

Lisa Palczewski

April 12, 2021 8:57 AM

I started writing with Nancy in 2013 at Beacon Hill. I would look forward to reading about her Red Hat Society adventures and humorous observations. Nancy was as passionate and expressive in her writing as she was in her living! “Letters from Dolly” is a published legacy of this passion. Email correspondences between Dolly and her first mom became the basis of this special memoir. Through Dolly the cat’s voice, Nancy shared funny, touching, and insightful stories about traveling, grieving, and settling into a new home.

I will always smile when I remember Nancy’s celebratory hair colors, hats, and light-up necklaces. I was inspired by her talents in sewing and needlecraft. She always was working on a project that she would gift to a friend or family member. The holiday doll parties Nancy hosted at Beacon Hill were an annual highlight. 

A special lady. I learned a lot about living with gusto from Nancy. She will be missed.

Betty Carlson

April 9, 2021 11:11 AM

My dear Nancy, you will be missed. You will always be my friend. You were there for me. Just returned from the winter in FL and was looking forward to seeing you again. Rest in peace.
Betty Carlson

Jen Rotach

April 7, 2021 6:01 PM

The world became significantly less interesting with Grandma Booth’s passing. A heart of gold, a life of passion, and a quirky sense of humor, Grandma Booth could bring a smile to anyone’s face. Her love for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was unmatched. “My babies,” she would say fondly, with a look of pride and unconditional love beaming from her face. I had the privilege to be one of those “babies,” a significant other to one of her grandsons. Her passing leaves a hole in our hearts, one that could never be filled. Who else has an eccentric grandmother who wears a hat for every holiday, has a funny story for every circumstance, and has no care for what others think of her? She was a woman all her own, a woman worth aspiring to be. She will be greatly missed by all, especially those of us who were honored with a glimpse into her life. There are no words more fitting than simply saying: We’ll miss you Grandma Booth.

Love Pam and Chris Nawrot

April 7, 2021 9:09 AM

We send you thoughts of comfort
Love Pam and Chris Nawrot

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