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LOIS LILLIAN BOOTH (published on February 16, 2010)



LOIS LILLIAN BOOTH (nee HEMMELMAN) Entered into the presence of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ at 12:30 a.m. on February 12, 2010,at Selkirk General Hospital, Lois Lillian Booth of Selkirk, MB, age 83 years. Lois was born in Little Falls, Minnesota, U.S.A., October 19, 1926, the oldest of three daughters of Milford and Nona Hemmelman. She lived in Fort Ripley, Minnesota 1930-33, and then her home base became Pine River, Minnesota, during the balance of her elementary school years, her high school years - at Backus High School, 1940-44, - and her college years, which were at Northwestern Bible College in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1944-48. It was in 1939 Lois received Jesus Christ as her own personal Lord and Saviour. In 1949 she left for France, where she laboured as a missionary under Baptist Mid-Missions for the next 27 years. During her years in France Lois laboured in Bordeaux, Paris, Paray, Vieille Post, Montlhery and Juvisy (the latter three localities are southern suburbs of Paris). Her work was that of a Pastor's Assistant in the forming of Baptist churches and involved Bible teaching and children's work, including forming and directing children's camps. In the course of her missionary labours she travelled through not only France but also Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany and Great Britain. Her furloughs - usually every four years - took her through various parts of the United States and Canada. It was during part of a furlough in Churchill, Manitoba, in 1964, that she met her future husband. In 1976 she left the mission field and married Frederick Albert Booth. The newlywed couple settled in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. In 1978 Lois and Albert became involved in child-fostering and fostered a total of 22 children - 14 boys and eight girls. One girl, Joanne, they adopted in 1985 at age 20. That same year Albert took his retirement from the Government of Canada after 35 years' service, and the couple - along with one infant foster-daughter Lisa - moved to Selkirk, Manitoba, where they resided till her demise. Lois was active as Vice-President and President on the Selkirk Nursery School Board and Treasurer of the Centennial XXXXXMiX SSSMMK Parent-Teacher Council, also was a member and for four years Vice-President of the Association FOR Community Living. Lois and Albert were both actively involved with the Selkirk Gospel Chapel and the Manitoba Foster Family Association. Predeceased by her father in 1959, her mother and step-father both in 1980, one sister Mrs. Burrell (Lucille) Jacobs in 1966 daughter Joanne Lester of Claresholm, Alberts. Survived by husband Albert of Selkirk; one foster-daughter Lisa Bergen of Selkirk, one son-in-law William Lester and wife Juliana of Stavely, Alberta; one sister Arlene Holz and husband Elmer of Kenyon, Minnesota; several nieces and nephews. Funeral to be held on Thursday, February 18, at 2:00 p.m., at Gilbart's Funeral Home, Selkirk with interment to follow in St. Clements Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be contributed to Faith Bible Camp. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.


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