Marjorie Lou Booton

July 27, 1929January 7, 2021

Marjorie Lou (Hoare) Booton passed away in Portland on January 7, 2021, at the age of 91. Daughter of Stanley G. Hoare and Dorothy L. Hitt, she graduated from Jefferson High School, Lewis & Clark College, and the University of Oregon School of Nursing. She worked extensively as a surgical nurse at the University Tuberculosis Hospital, Portland, and then at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center. Her nursing classmates became cherished friends throughout her life; they engaged in an annual round-robin letter for more than fifty years.

More friendship and fellowship arose from years of singing in the choir at the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church.

A second career as a library volunteer opened up in later life, renewing her love of reading, previous high school experience, and memories of her own youngsters choosing picture books in the former Montavilla Branch Library. When the branch closed in 1981, her volunteerism moved for many years to Midland Library, where she greatly enjoyed the company of colleagues and patrons.

Marge married Donald L. Booton (d. 2004), former U.S. Marine and Oregon State Trooper, in 1953. Together, they raised four children, Ronald, Carol, Diane, and Michael, in a close-knit N.E. Portland community where neighboring families offered friendship, games and past-times, as well as gardening tips and plentifully shared vegetables. After her husband’s death, she remained nearby, drawing comfort from this warm community of friends. Ardent gardener, avid knitter, and jigsaw-puzzle enthusiast, Marge will live forever in the hearts of her friends and family.

Marge is survived by her four children, one granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

Charitable donations may be made to the Multnomah County Library Foundation (


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Marie Matsen

January 17, 2021

Marge & Don bought the house that had been owned by my grandparents since 1905. They were wonderful neighbors; we could not have hoped for better people to buy the house. My sisters and I were raised just a block away. Marge always made us feel welcome in their house and she allowed her children to join my cousins, my sisters, and me in some wild adventures around the neighborhood. I'll always have fond memories of Marge, Don, and their kids!

Keith&Anne Truman

January 15, 2021

Anne was a distant UK relative of Marge through Anne' great grandfather Edward Bingham Hoare. We were both fortunate to meet Marge, Carol and Michael 4 years ago when we visited Oregon and had met Dianne twice 10 years ago. Marge was a lovely lady and we had a great evening together and always stayed in touch. RIP Marge.

Carol Booton

January 12, 2021

I'll miss you forever, Mom. Bon voyage.