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Mary R. (Betscher) Booker

May 26, 1944 ~ May 25, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old


Mary Booker (nee Betscher) passed away peacefully on May 25, 2023, surrounded by her children. Born on May 26,1944 to George and Margaret Betscher, Mary grew up on a beautiful farm in Mt. Carmel, Indiana.

Mary is survived by her two children: Ann (Derek) Scranton and Chris Booker; sister: Judy (Al) Schneider; sister-in-law: Margaret (Jim) Betscher; grandchildren: Jake and Cole Booker, Adam and Abby Scranton, and her many nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her parents: George and Margaret Betscher; and brother: Jim Betscher.

Mary was a graduate of Whitewater High School and earned a Bachelor of Technology and Master in Environmental Management at the University of Idaho. She was a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, American Society for Training and Development and the Geological Society of America. Mary dedicated her career as a Health and Safety Engineer to ensuring the safety of the people she worked with and the community at large. Her work frequently took her away from home to locations like Johnston Atoll in the South Pacific, Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama, Dubai and Russia. She also served as part of the Kosovo Peacekeeping Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and during her career she was awarded the Commander’s Medal for service at four different military base installations. She celebrated 5 years of service with Honda Manufacturing in Greensburg, Indiana this year, where she had many dear friends and colleagues.

Mary fulfilled a life-long dream when she moved home to Indiana and bought a home with acreage in the town of Morris, IN. She quickly filled the house with her artwork, the art she collected in her travels, and two adored little dogs, Charlie and Mikey.  Her home was a gathering place, and many memories were made eating meals,  playing cards, watching movies and putting puzzles together with her family.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Mary’s life by attending an open house gallery exhibit of her artwork and the art and artifacts she collected throughout her lifetime, on Saturday, September 30, 2023 between 1:00 and 4:00 pm at the Ancient Sculpture Museum at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, OH 45013.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
September 30, 2023

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Ancient Sculpture Museum at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 
1763 Hamilton Cleves Road
Hamilton, OH 45013


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