Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Janie-Lynn Booth

Here's Janie's obituary which ran in the Rutland Herald today. Yep, it's a pretty surreal thing to turn the page to see it. Janie used to look at the obits a little too often for my liking and I'd get on her case - "stop looking at that! It's morose!" She'd reply, "just checking....nope, not there yet!"

Janie said many times near the end, "I'm really not afraid of dying - I am going 'to be with Christ which is better by far' (Philippians 1:23). I'm just concerned for you and the kids." I'd tell her not to worry, and that she wasn't so indispensible. And we'd laugh because we both knew it wasn't true. Janie was a real-life-dynamo-super-mom-awesome-wife-best-friend-great-cook-especially-desserts-sweet-dispositioned-but-ruthless-at-cards-gifted-musician-loved-anything-miniature-invest-in-others-didn't-waste-her-life kind of person. And so very much more of course. 

I know what you are thinking: you're thinking
boy, Chris really 'married up.'  I couldn't agree more!

RUTLAND - Surrounded by her family in her home, Janie-Lynn Booth went to be with her Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, May 8, 2010. She was forty-four years old, and had fought a courageous battle against breast cancer since 2004.

Janie was an amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend; she constantly inspired everyone who knew her.

Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on October 11, 1965, she was raised on the beaches of Cape Cod where she married her high school sweetheart Christopher Booth after she graduated from Cape Cod Community College in 1985.

After living eight years in Central Massachusetts, they made Rutland, VT their home in 1993 and raised their family here. Janie was a full-time mom as well as a piano instructor, secretary, and music teacher at the Rutland Area Christian School. She always had a song in her heart and joyfully invested herself in the lives of others. Throughout her adult life she was an elementary age Sunday School teacher, youth group leader and church pianist….many lives have been affected by her enthusiastic and infectious love for Jesus.

Janie is survived by her husband and best friend, Chris, her children Caroline, Daniel, Rebecca, and Rebecca’s boyfriend Daniel Austin. She is survived by her parents Daniel and Muriel Brown of Wallingford, Vermont, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a sister Dia Lind and her husband Peter of Clarendon, Vermont, a sister Wendy Karabensh and her husband Joseph of Vero Beach, Florida and brother Timothy Brown and his wife Christine of East Providence, Rhode Island. She was a loving aunt to nieces and nephews Benjamin, Jacob, and Anna Lind, Gregory, Jenni, and Nathaniel Karabensh, and Timothy James Brown.

A family committal service will be private. A Celebration of Janie’s life and passing into the arms of Christ will be held at Calvary Bible Church, 2 Meadow Lane in Rutland on Saturday, May 15 at 10:00 am. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, her family invites those who wish to make donations to the Rutland Area Christian School, 112 Lincoln Avenue, Rutland, VT 05701, or to the Foley Community Cancer Center, care of RRMC, 160 Allen Street, Rutland, VT 05701. Friends are invited to share stories and memories at www.janiebooth.blogspot.com.

1 comment:

  1. suzanne strigliaMay 15, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    I met Janie and Chris from Faith Community Church back some years ago and I was so blessed by their love of Jesus. Through the years I have seen them at events and was aware Janie had cancer. I regret I did not make time to connect with her here but I look forward to seeing her again. Janie,Thank you for the beautiful smile and spirit.