Booth; Marie Louise Juliette (nee Bayard)
June 23, 1941 - January 31, 2024
After an extended battle - and being a long-term resident of Oak Terrace in Orillia - Louise has peacefully passed. Treasured wife of the late Harry W. Booth. Loving mother of Tammy (Randy), Kenneth (Shelley), Glenn and Bryon. Louise will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Marissa (Kyle), Vanessa (Blair), Ryan (predeceased), Jodi-Lynne (John) and Victoria - as well as by her great-grand-children Dresden, Max and Isobel and not to be forgotten the great-grand-puppies - Charlie and Moose. Daughter of the late Edouard and Ethel Bayard from Huntingdon, Quebec, sister Helen (late Mathieu) Oswald of Napanee, Ontario, brother Serge Bayard of Valleyfield, Quebec and sister Claire Labelle (Richard) of Buckingham, Quebec, as well as many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by Harry’s brothers, extended families - the late Frank (Doris) Booth of Orillia and the late Fred (Marion) Booth of Arnprior.
Born and raised in Huntingdon, Louise finished school and joined the Stedman’s store where she very soon became the head cashier. This is where she was introduced to what would be her future husband, Harry. Harry’s next rotation with Stedman’s was located in British Columbia. Louise, with her father’s blessing and without ever holding a driver’s licence, Edouard borrowed a car and gathered up ten people for the drive from Huntingdon to Montreal airport. She caught a flight across the country to BC in September of 1958 to marry Harry at the local convent. They started their new life together by celebrating their honeymoon with a trip along the Pacific Ocean on U.S. Highway 101 from Vancouver through Oregon to southern tip of California. Louise and Harry lived in several areas of the BC interior and had their first child, Tammy, in Chilliwack. At that time, due to a measles outbreak in the hospital, Harry could only see Louise and his new daughter from the parking lot for the next two weeks. In 1960, Louise and Harry relocated and settled in Orillia, added three boys to their ensemble and raised that family - while enjoying a life together over the next 60+ years - even when Louise went to Oak Terrance with Harry’s diligent daily visits - right up until Harry’s passing in 2019. Louise and Harry, had varied and different interests and talents - but ultimately were kindred spirits and lived every day for each other.
Louise was well known for her kindness to help others in their time of need; for having several close lifelong friends with whom to enjoy music and laughter; for her sewing, mending and minor tailoring; and, for her brilliant seamstress abilities, making many confirmation, wedding and bridesmaids dresses. Louise was widely known for her baking abilities, especially around the Christmas season for her famous short-bread drop cookies and date squares - both with a tremendous amount of butter that you did not dare to ask for a calorie count. Her interests in any form of politics and news kept her up to date on local, provincial, federal and world events throughout her life. She also enjoyed and excelled at what ultimately became her relaxing passion of being an amateur artist in various mediums.
It is Louise’s wish, in concert with her family, to thank the entire staff and management of Oak Terrace for their tremendous effort to care for her as her needs greatly increased over the ten plus years that she was there. Thank you to Dr. Harry Hall and to Dr. Marc Italiano and his wife, Sandra, for their care, guidance, wisdom and compassion throughout the many years.
Cremation for Louise has taken place, as per her wishes. Interment of both Louise and Harry will be at St. Andrews-St. James Cemetery in the family plots at the same time as per their request.
The family will host a joint Celebration of Life for Louise and Harry at a future date, most likely in mid-June of 2024, and notice of that Celebration will be provided in due course. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.mundellfuneralhome.com