Ruth Nelson Booker

February 10, 1922 - August 26, 2008
Ruth Nelson Booker

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Ruth Marie Nelson Booker passed away on Monday, August 26, 2008 at her home.

She was born in Muskegon, Michigan on February 10, 1922 to Nels and Hildur Nelson. Ruth married William Raymond Booker, Jr. on November 13, 1943. They resided in Michigan, then relocated to Washington, DC in 1962. Ruth worked at Georgetown University and was an avid tennis player, an accomplished soloist and performed in Community Theatre and enjoyed singing throughout her life.

Ruth relocated to Wilmington in 1996 where she was a member of Lutheran Church of Reconciliation. She made many friends and enjoyed the Cape Fear Area.

She is survived by her daughter Kathleen Marie Sherman; her son William R. Booker; a grandson Adam Nelson Effertz; a granddaughter Hillary Marie Horvath and her husband Jacob; two great granddaughters Lila Marie Horvath and Harper Ann Horvath.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, August 30, 2008, at Lutheran Church of Reconciliation. Following the service the family will receive friends at Ruth’s home.

A special thanks to Adult Day Services of Wilmington, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Eris Burks, Rhonda Cooper and Marie Cheshire.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 2222 S 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Condolences may be sent to

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • August 30, 2008
    Mel and Betsy Rollins says:
    We lived across the street from Ruth,for several years, in the Sea Spray community. It was such a pleasure to know her. She was a sweet and lovely lady who added a bit of sunshine to our lives each and every time we met her. We send our concolences to the entire Booker family. She was so proud of you all, and appreciated all that you did for her. We are sorry that we learned of Ruth's death after the Memorial Service. Otherwise, we would have been there to offer our condolences to each of you. May this dear and wonderful lady Rest In Peace. And may the memory of her kindness sustain you. Sincerely, Mel and Betsy Rollins

  • August 29, 2008
    Susie Parker says:
    Kathleen,my sympathy to your and your family. It was such a pleasure meeting you and your mom through Pilot's Project Lifesaver program. She was always such a sweet person to talk with. My best to you and all your family. Susie

  • February 13, 2009
    Jorge Hazera says:
    Dear Bill & Kathleen: My condolences. You are fortunate that your mother lived a long life and that you got to know and love one another deeply. I will always have fond memories of your family. Sincerely, Jorge Hazera Arlington, VA