Ellen Sharleen Booth passed away at her home in Afton, Wyoming on April 13, 2021. Sharleen was the daughter of Dick and Lovina Leavitt and was born on June 10, 1935. She grew up on a small farm in Grover, Wyoming. She was the seventh child in a family of eight children. She went to school in Grover. Two years of high school were spent in Paris, Idaho and two years at Star Valley High School. After graduating in 1953 she married Calvin D. Booth in June of that year.
Calvin and Sharleen lived most of their lives in Star Valley. They had three sons; Kirby Douglas, Kelly Lynn, and Larry Wayne. Sharleen worked at Roberts Market when she was younger. She, along with Nelda Roberts, started the first dispatch service in Afton from their homes. They took all the calls for the Afton Police, Sheriff, Highway Patrol, fire calls, and also all of the outage calls for the Lower Valley Power and Light. She did this for 18 years. When the dispatch station was moved to the Afton Town Hall she changed jobs and went to work for the 1st National Bank. She was there at the time the bank was foreclosed on by the FDIC. She then went to work for Star Valley State Bank and when it was sold she worked for First Security and Wells Fargo. She then went to work for the Bank of Star Valley.
Sharleen was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.She valued work and worked well all her life. She was a woman of many creative talents and made dolls, quilts, afghans, and enjoyed many other creative endeavors. Although she would argue with this statement, she was an artist and the homes of her family and many friends are graced with her beautiful paintings.
Grandma also enjoyed her beautiful yard, where she was an artist in a different way. It was a haven and a place of peace for any who came to sit a spell on her back porch. She loved flowers, birds, and children, and sparkling clean windows in the morning sunshine. She had a vibrant sense of humor and we all had to be prepared for anything on April fools Day! The hearts of children, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews have been graced with her constant care and fierce devotion.
Cal and Sharleen were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1986. Cal passed away in 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents Dick and Lovina Leavitt, Cal’s parents Douglas and Beatrice Booth, her son Kelly Lynn Booth, her daughter in law Trisha Booth, and all of her brothers and sisters: Wayne and Carma Skinner, Wyoma and John Hale, Lawrence (Jake) and Vernell Leavitt, Ross and Hazel Leavitt, Aloha and Chip Bennett, Gary and Merlene Leavitt, Ralph and Brenda Leavitt, and some nieces and nephews. Also preceding her in death were all of Cal’s siblings except a sister, Audrey Lee. She is survived by her 2 sons Kirby Booth and Larry (Becky) Booth. Also her much-loved grandchildren Joe Booth, Callee O’Leary, Will Booth, Joanne Blair, Zachariah Booth, Matthew Booth, nine great grandchildren, one great great grandson and many, many nieces and nephews. She is buried in the Afton Cemetery by the side of her husband and son.
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