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Evelyn Daleth (Adams) Booth (2018)


Posted By: Shirley Keating (email)
Date: 1/31/2018 at 23:27:12

Kale Funeral Home
Osceola, Iowa

Evelyn Daleth Booth

Evelyn Daleth (Adams) Booth was born November 17, 1924. Her parents were Loyd and Lila (Bagley) Adams. She passed from this life on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Southern Hills Specialty Care in Osceola at 93 years of age. Evelyn lived on farms near Woodburn, then south of Truro, and finally northeast of Hopeville.

Evelyn graduated from the 8th grade at Hopeville School. She attended Murray High School, taking the "Normal Training Course" to receive a country school Teaching Certificate in 1941. She taught two years at Green Valley country school, then accepted a one-year assignment teaching two miles west, at the "Gonseth" country school.

During summer vacations, Evelyn lived in Des Moines with her friends, Betty and Ruth James. They worked as waitresses. Evelyn worked at the Hotel Franklin Coffee Shop, earning more in tips during three months than she earned teaching school nine months.

Her fiancé Johnnie Booth returned to Iowa in November 1945, after serving in Europe during WW II. They were married December 24, 1945. They rented the farm belonging to Evelyn's parents, northeast of Hopeville, for five years. Here they began a registered Angus herd, also raising sheep, hogs, and chickens. Since they did not own a car, they used their team of horses and wagon to buy weekly groceries at Charlie Long's store in Hopeville, and to sell cream and eggs there.

Evelyn and Johnnie bought and moved to a farm northeast of Grand River in 1951. It cost $72.50 per acre. Here they raised their two sons, Terry Tim (born in 1946), and Sammy Lee (born in 1955). They began a registered Charolais cattle herd and sold purebred bulls. Beginning in 1956 and continuing for twelve years, they also raised as many as 7,000 turkeys per year with the help of their sons, Terry Tim and Sammy Lee.

Evelyn and Johnnie began scaling back their farm operation in 1979, after Johnnie's first stroke. Evelyn sold Life Insurance and real estate. In 1982, they bought and moved to Homer Reasoner's farm, located five miles south of Murray, on county road R-15. They made many improvements to Homer's Sears & Roebuck catalog house: changed the old pantry into a bathroom, upgraded electrical wiring, installed new carpet and linoleum, varnished woodwork, repaired plaster, painted, piped water to the house from the windmill across the road (Homer said this was the farm's "good well," from which threshers in the area got water for their steam engines).

Evelyn, Johnnie, and sons enjoyed their new home, with its ornamental iron fence along the road, lined with peonies, irises, trumpet vines. Evelyn, Tim, and Sam would often sit under a shade tree in the front yard on summer evenings, waving at friends who honked as they drove by; Johnnie would often sit on the front porch, watching humming birds, a pet red-winged blackbird named "Charlie” and his neighbors at work.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband Johnnie, son Tim, and sister Carolyn Shields and Darleen Brooks. She is survived by her son Sam, sister-in-law, Dona Booth, several nieces and nephews and their children aw wall as many good friends.

Memorial Contributions may be directed to Dollars for Scholars in Murray or the Southern Hills Specialty Care activity fund.

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