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1/11/2020
Frances L. ‘Lady Bug’ Booth
Frances L. ‘Lady Bug’ Booth


Frances L. “Lady Bug” Booth, 87, died on Jan. 6, 2020, in Metlakatla.

She was born Frances Tait on Sept. 30, 1932, in Metlakatla.

She attended school in Metlakatla and Mt. Edgecumbe before earning her GED in Sitka at the age of 60.

She was married on April 3, 1959, in Ketchikan.

Mrs. Booth was a resident of Metlakatla and Ketchikan.

She worked as a receptionist and childcare provider, and as a slimer at the Annette Island Packing Company.

She was a member of the United Presbyterian Women’s Group.

She enjoyed “beachcombing, jitterbugging with her husband Oswald, watching the Seahawks football game, supporting the Chiefs and Miss Chiefs basketball teams, arts and crafts, sewing, making people around her happy and dressing up in costumes for all occasions,” her family writes.

She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going to local the casino and traveling to Las Vegas.

Mrs. Booth was preceded in death by her parents, Blanche C. Davis-Wagner and David Eli Tait Sr.; spouse, Oswald W. Booth; children, William John “Shaky” Lauth, Gerald Davis “Day-o” Lauth and Trudy Frances Booth; sisters, Margaret Tait, Frieda Jackson, Eleanor Wagner and Doris May; brother, David Eli Tait Jr.; grandchildren, Marko and Stephanie L. Booth; and grand-nephew, David Eli Tait III.

She is survived by her siblings, Bert E. May, Louise Clark, Marge Hobart, Walter Wagner and Louie (Cindy) Wagner; children, Virginia C. (Mike) Moody of Wasilla, Judith A. Eaton, Tamara D. (Lyle) Horne Jr. and Vance T. (Angeline) Booth Sr. of Metlakatla; grandchildren, Cliff Baines of Wasilla, Jaki (Brian) Isaman of Pacific, Washington, Jimmie (Erica) Lynch Jr., Jennifer (Kevin) Hudson, Trudy Horne, Blaz Horne, Lyle Horne III, Vance T. Booth Jr. and Gerald O. Booth of Metlakatla.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2020, at the Metlakatla Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Larry Emery officiating.

Her remains will be interred at Oceanview Cemetery.