Erma Boothby, 92, of Bellingham died peacefully at Hospice House, Tuesday, May 3, in the presence of her family. Erma was born in Potlatch, Idaho, and grew up in Marshfield (Coos Bay), OR, the sixth of seven children. She graduated Marshfield H.S. in 1942, and attended St. Anthony's Hospital School of Nursing in Pendleton, OR, where she received her R.N. in 1945. Erma married Thomas Boothby in 1945, and they had four children. Erma's nursing career included private, office, and hospital nursing. She was a Head Start, berry field, and Red Cross disaster nurse, and ended her nursing career at age 69 in Costa Rica, where she was a Peace Corps volunteer for two years. She participated in the Nurse's Health Study for over 30 years. Erma was a Brownie and Cub Scout leader, PTA President, volunteer in the public schools, and spent two summers with her family on a fire lookout. Erma is predeceased by her grandson Paul. She is survived by her children Catherine Smith (Jay), of Grangeville, ID, Margaret Leonard (Mike) of Vancouver, WA, Brian Boothby (Ruth) of Medford, OR, and Barbara Boothby of Bellingham, WA, eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. A celebration of her remarkable life will be held at Birchwood Presbyterian Church, Saturday, May 14, at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Birchwood Presbyterian or to Whatcom Hospice.
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Birchwood Presbyterian Church
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Bellingham, WA 98226
Published in Bellingham Herald on May 10, 2016