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Betty Booker

Betty Ann Booker

Thursday, April 23rd, 1953 - Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
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Betty Ann Booker passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the young age of 64. Betty was born in Flint, Michigan, on April 23, 1953, to Joe (d. 2008) and Bernadean York. In 1971, she graduated from Northeast High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. Through many travels with her parents, she found herself in Poplar Bluff--a part of Southeast Missouri--an area which she would always refer to as her true home. While working at the Drury Inn Hotel, she would meet her loving husband of 42 years, Phillip Booker--a lifelong resident of Poplar Bluff. They were soon wed in Campbell, Missouri, on August 2, 1975, and shortly thereafter, the happy couple welcomed their first child, Sharon Ann, into this world. Sharon sadly passed away thirteen hours later. The young couple refused to give up on their hopes and dreams of starting a family and on September 13, 1981, in Poplar Bluff, a happy, healthy baby girl, Sarah Lea, was born. In February 1983, Betty enlisted in the US Navy and completed Basic Training in Orlando, Florida. From here, she was ordered to Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis to attend and eventually graduate with pride from postal clerk school. In June 1983, she was ordered overseas (with family in tow) to Rota, Spain, where she rose through the ranks of E-1 to E-6 in a matter of 4 years. While in Rota, she gave birth to her son, Kelly Morgan, on January 28, 1987. Returning to the US, she was stationed at Saufley Field in Pensacola, where she finished her active duty in 1989. That same year, she joined the Naval Reserves, serving until 1991. She was called back to active duty during Operation Desert Storm where she was stationed in Sigonella, Italy, for a few months. After this, she became a letter carrier for the US Postal Service in Mobile, Alabama, from 1992 to 1995, before returning to Pensacola to work at the Corry Field Post Office. She retired on disability in 1999. From there, she took the time to enjoy the family she’d always dreamt of starting. She survived two bouts with breast cancer, as well as one with Hurricane Ivan. In February 2014, she had the honor of being inducted into the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by her husband Phil Booker, her daughter Sarah Richards (Brian), granddaughter Hannah Richards, her son Kelly “Kel” Booker (Danielle), step-grandson Bryce King, and her mother, Bernadean York. Memorial services will be held Monday, March 12, 2018, at Waters and Hibbert, 124 West Gregory Street in Pensacola, from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. Donations to St. Jude's Children’s Hospital in Betty's name would be warmly welcomed in lieu of flowers. Betty will be laid to rest in Barrancas cemetery, buried with full military honors. WATERS & HIBBERT FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, March 12th, 2018 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, March 12th, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Waters & Hibbert Funeral Home
    Address
    124 W. GREGORY ST.
    PENSACOLA, Florida 32502
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  • Service

    Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 11:00am
    Location
    BarrancasNational Cemetery
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Patti Ross,

Posted at 12:00am
I didn't have the honor of knowing Betty, but I do know her daughter, Sarah. I know Betty was a loving mother from seeing what a wonderful young woman Sarah is. My heart goes out to the family during this heartbreaking time. ~ Patti Ross, Molino, Florida
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Cheryll Link,

Posted at 12:00am
Thinking of you all and remembering your years in Poplar Bluff. Love you ~ Cheryll Link, Poplar Bluff, Missouri
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Nancy aka gramma nancy Strange,

Posted at 12:00am
Rest in peace ,Betty ~ Nancy aka gramma nancy Strange, Poplar bluff, Missouri
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