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Dorothy Thompson Booth On Saturday morning Dorothy Thompson Booth died at Spring House Estates from a monumental battle with ovarian-peritoneal cancer of 2 1/2 years. Her final journey was a testimony to her strength, courage, never-ending humor and a generosity that has blessed us over her life time. An accomplished Author, Photographer, and Entrepreneur, her proudest and most committed purpose in life was serving as loving mother and grandmother. Dorothy was born in 1936 in Philadelphia and was raised in Abington, PA by parents Charles and Dorothy Thompson. Charles Thompson was a founder of Moore Products in Spring House, PA. Raised as Quaker at Abington Friends Monthly Meeting she lived her life for others. She served the Presbyterian Church as an elder at Supplee Memorial Presbyterian Church in Maple Glen and a circle member at Supplee Memorial and Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian Churches. She was also a member at Ambler Presbyterian church. Dorothy graduated from Abington High School in 1953 where she made her mark on the varsity tennis and hockey teams, district chorus and was lead in the senior play. She loved her role in the Gala Night shows. She attended Skidmore College from 1953-1955. She graduated from Penn State University in 1958 with dual bachelors degree in philosophy and education. A ninth grade English teacher in Abington Township between 1958 and 1961, education and volunteering in the community were key values. She was President of Upper Dublin High School Parent Teacher Organization. She was a Quaker Bonnet Quester and Editor of the Pennsylvania Quester newsletter. It was her love for history that lead her to an unconventional business. Well known as the "Outhouse Lady," Dorothy made her mark as the leading expert in all things related to the American Privy. Seeing an outhouse torn down, she was concerned her grandchildren would not know the history of this American icon. Her photography of hundreds of outhouses lead to a successful gift business boasting 17 products. Her book Nature Calls: The history, lore, and charm of outhouses was first published by Ten Speed Press in 1998 and with over 14 editions, the paperback copies are still available with The Crown Publishing Group, Random House. Because of its quirky historical significance, the title, which remains the most comprehensive study of outhouse history has been selected for electronic publication. This publication earned Dottie Booth the 1996 Crescent Moon Award and she is one of three people elected to the Outhouse Wall of Fame at the Outhouse Preservation Society Museum in Nova Scotia. Sadly, her health issues kept her from her trip to Nova Scotia. However her lifetime love of travel took her to many places around the United States and the world: Singapore, Thailand, and Hong Kong, Philippines, Mexico, most European countries. She also traveled to Japan where she taught English. Among her favorite trips was a recent trip with her two sisters, Lucy Fetterolf and Beth Moss to Spain. She lived three years in Hawaii, spent many of her summers in Ocean City, NJ. Above all her favorite place in all the world was her cabin on Indian Lake in Owls Head, NY. From her birth to her final days, she was there 74 out of 77 years. Illness and World War II were the only things that prevented her travel to her sanctuary on Indian Lake. Her humor, grace and inspiration lives on in her devoted surviving children Amy Booth Scott and her husband Douglas, Dorothy (Tia) Booth McCoun and her husband Robert, John Richard Booth, Jr and his wife Vilin Liu, Robert Charles Booth and his wife, Gretchen. She has seven grandchildren: Evan Thomas Scott, Kerry Marie Scott, Christopher Preston McCoun, Josephine Evelyn Booth, Katie Elizabeth Booth, Emily Grace Booth, Michael Charles Booth. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Ambler, 4 South Ridge Ave, Ambler PA 19002 on December 5, 2013 at 6pm. Friends may call after 5pm at the church. Please wear bright colors to this memorial service as she has requested "a celebration of life." A private family burial will be held at another time. In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations to the Mountain View Association, PO 235, Owls Head, NY 12969 attn: Legacy Fund or to the Owls HeadA private family burial will be held at another time. In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations to the Mountain View Association, PO 235, Owls Head, NY 12969 attn: Legacy Fund or to the Owls Head Fire and Rescue Department, Owls Head NY 12969. Arrangements by Shaeff-Myers
Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Nov. 28, 2013
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