In Celebration of

Frances Marjorie Booth

August 24, 1924 -  October 4, 2019

B.A. (Queen’s University ’46)

Peacefully on Friday, October 4, 2019, at Sunrise of Erin Mills, at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late Robert L. Booth (P.Eng). Daughter of the late Robert M. McKenzie and the late Ruth H. McKenzie. Dear mother to Linda Jewett (John Yudelman) of Toronto, Marjorie Booth of Toronto, Alan Booth (Diane) of Whitby, Mary Zizek (Alojz) of Mississauga and the late Gordon Booth. Loving grandmother to Erica and Julia Yudelman; Jeffrey, Hilary and Kathleen Booth; Mallory and Daina Lipton and Matthew Zizek. Cherished sister of William R. McKenzie and the late Ian T. McKenzie. Fran was born in Toronto in 1924 and lived almost her entire life in the city, attending Humberside Collegiate and going on to become a proud alumna of Queen’s University. She and Bob married in 1946 and went on to raise an active, lively family – one of the first to move into Markland Woods at the beginning of the 1960s. Fran was a long-time supporter of the YWCA and its camping programmes and in later life, served as a board member of the National YWCA and the Toronto University Women’s Club. An intrepid woman of great strength, she found joy in both the swirl of busy family life and periodic quiet moments for herself and with Bob. She enjoyed spending summers at her cottage, paddling the canoe that was a gift from Bob and swimming daily well into her 80s, delighting both in the peace of the lake and the stream of children, grandchildren, and dear friends and all the noisy activities and meals that inevitably followed. A private family funeral has taken place. A celebration of Fran’s life to be announced. For those who wish the family has requested donations be directed in Fran’s memory to the Ruth Harriet McKenzie bursary at Queen’s University or Toronto YWCA Camp Tapawingo.


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Mark Aitchison (friend of Marjorie)

Entered October 6, 2019 from Mississauga

Hi Marjorie;
Thinking of all of Frances' family. God bless you as you celebrate and remember a wonderful life.

Liz Greenway 

Entered October 7, 2019 from YWCA Camp Tapawingo

Fran was on the camping committee when I first worked at YWCA Camp Tapawingo and so I had the opportunity to work closely with her. She was a steward supporter of Camp and the importance of the program to girls and her easygoing manner was a real treat for a new camp director. Her good nature and her dedication made a huge difference to our work and her support over the years I will treasure

Doris Hawaleshka (Colleauge)

Entered October 7, 2019 from Montreal

Dear Alan,
My sincere condolences to you and your family on your Mom's passing, Based on what I know of you, and what I read online, she sounds like a wonderful, remarkable, inspiring woman. May you find comfort and condolence from your friends and family during this difficult time.

Debbie Tarshis (Friend of Linda and John)

Entered October 7, 2019 from Toronto

Our sincere condolences.
Debbie and Boyd

Isla and Jack Grady (Friend)

Entered October 8, 2019 from Etobicoke

Dear Marjorie and Family:
It is with a sad heart we learn of your Mothers passing. May you feel surrounded in love, and upheld by prayers of those who hold you in their hearts each day.
Isla, Jack, and Family


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