Mary Belle Booher
March 2, 1919 – July 2, 2018
Mary Belle Booher, aged 99 years, breathed her final breath Monday morning, July 2, to the sound of her eldest grandson, Kevin Rehl, reading the Twenty-third Psalm: The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. She embodied a lifelong example of faith, talent, artistry, dignity, endurance, humor, and love. She was born Mary Belle Bass, one of six siblings to Grace and Shelby Bass, in Winifred, Montana, on March 2, 1919. After her family moved to Oklahoma, she married Theron Elwood Booher in 1942 and moved to Luther, where they together raised five children on what grew to be an 800-acre dairy farm. Her countless surviving friends and neighbors will remember her ceramics studio behind the farmhouse, her delicious cooking, her beautiful soprano voice, her Siamese cats, and her neat-as-a-pin home. She played hopscotch with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and let us all ring the farm’s dinner bell. She encouraged reading and a love of the natural world, loved singing everywhere, including in the church choir, and taught Sunday School. She didn’t like seat belts, margarine, or low-fat milk. Mary Belle joins her husband of 53 years (d. 1995); two of her daughters, Pamela Anne Rehl (d. 1995) and Susan Vinette Gilliland (d. 2017); and one granddaughter, Emerald Dae Cox (d. 1998). Surviving family includes a brother, Bob Bass, Edmond, and two sisters, Reba Dawkins, Edmond, and Gloretta Agnew, Tustin, CA; three children, Timothy Theron Booher, Allen Keith Booher, and Karen Elizabeth Boiles and their families, all of Edmond. Mary Belle is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and countless friends. All are invited to a memorial service at the First Christian Church of Luther, 415 E. 1st Street, at 2pm Sunday, July 22. The family extends its heartfelt thanks to Mary Belle’s long-term care from Jillie Ronas, Patty Puckett, and the staff of Tuscany Village in Oklahoma City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to First Christian Church of Luther.
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Mary Belle Booher
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July 17, 2018
Mary Belle, you were such a sweet and loving lady to care for. It was an honor to feed, care for and love you. I enjoyed reading the Bible to you and praying with you, as well as taking you to Bible study or to see a friend. Even though you couldn't remember my name, and mostly called me Reba or Virginia, I didn't mind. Some day we will know each other face to face and you can call me whatever you like.
I was sad when you were in such pain. I know all who love you are sad you are gone, but happy you are no longer in pain. I am happy that you are in the presence of Jesus, our Saviour, which must bring you great joy. Thank you for being my friend. I miss you.
Love and condolences to all who loved Mary Belle. Blessings, Patty
July 12, 2018
Well, Grandma, we had a lot of nice memories together especially with you, Grandpa, Emerald, Jim, and myself. We stayed a lot with you and Grandpa while Mom and Dad were working. There were fun times when you chased us or walked quickly around the house and hid behind doorways to scare us and we ran laughing away. Also, you and I enjoyed the same book series Anne of Green Gables when I was a teenager and you were in your late 70s. You were the best cook and made absolutely the best cinnamon rolls I have ever had. You taught me how to be a leader of my household, and that most of all it was important to be a Christian. Thanks for all the fun times that we had with you and for being the great Grandma, you were to us. I know you are singing away in heaven, "This is my story, this is my song" with all of our family and friends in heaven. Love you, Grandma!
July 9, 2018
I have many childhood memories of my Aunt Mary Belle. The earliest--one of my earliest ever--is sitting in a playpen and Mary Belle leaning over saying the my brown eyes looked like olives that she was going to eat. She was a good person like her sister Vinette, my mother.
Sorry to have been out of contact for so long. Hello to Tim and Karen and everyone else. My condolences to all.
July 3, 2018
I loved Mary Belle's spunky personality. She had no problem telling you exactly what she thought. But she was also loving and caring. I am so grateful our paths crossed and she had a lasting impact on my life through knowing her. My prayers are with your family. I know she is rejoicing in heaven with loved ones, I have no doubt!