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Virginia Wagoner Booth June 20, 1922- January 9, 2011 DAYVILLE - Virginia Wagoner Booth, known as Jimmie Booth, beloved wife of H. Robert Booth died on Sunday at Westview Health Care Center. She was born June 20, 1922 in Bronxville, New York, the daughter of the late John and Josephine Wagoner. Jimmie studied printing and fine arts at Syracuse University. She worked on engines in the engineering department at Pratt & Whitney during WWII, then entered the fashion world as a bridal consultant at G. Fox in Hartford in 1945. In 1952, Lord & Taylor hired Jimmie for the Hartford store and asked her to manage The Country Clothes Shop in the 5th Avenue store in New York. There, Jimmie collaborated with and promoted such American designers as Clare Potter, Bonnie Cashin and Claire McCardell. Jimmie also worked extensively with European designers. Jimmie began searching for specialty items in Europe that suited the Country Clothes Look. Hermes scarves and handbags were introduced to Lord & Taylor clients by Jimmie. In addition, she modeled her specialty shop's lines for Lord & Taylor's fashion illustrator, Dorothy Hood, and posed for leading fashion magazines. In 1956, Jimmie married Bob Booth of Hillandale Farms in Brooklyn, CT. In 1963, Jimmie and Bob Booth opened the Golden Lamb Buttery in a magnificent barn located on their property on Wolf Den Road in Brooklyn where Jimmie was head chef for 40 years. The restaurant is still being operated today by her granddaughter. In addition to her husband Bob, Jimmie is survived by sons, H. Robert Booth Jr. and Darlene Baker of Brooklyn and James Booth and wife Jacqueline Booth of Brooklyn; brother, Newell Wagner and wife Evelyn of Booneville, NY and three grandchildren. She was predeceased by son, Todd Whitney Booth and her brothers, John Wagoner and Robert Wagoner. A Memorial Service will be held in the spring at a date and time to be announced. Tillinghast Funeral Home, 433 Main Street, Danielson is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Jan. 11, 2011
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