Deborah I. Boothby, 62

 

Deborah Boothby

Deborah Boothby

RAYMOND — Deborah I. Boothby, 62, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 while surrounded by family at Maine Medical Center. She battled breast cancer since March 2011.

Debbie was born in Westbrook on Feb. 15, 1953, the daughter of Mabel and Arthur Berry of Gorham.

She was the wife of Philip Boothby Jr.

She was a longtime employee of MSAD 6 serving in several capacities where she met many lifelong friends. After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She loved swimming, gardening, shopping, attending sporting events, spending time with her grandchildren, and four-wheeling trips with friends to northern and western Maine. She also loved living on Panther Pond and taking rides in her kayak and going around the lake in her pontoon boat with her husband, kids and grandkids. Debbie especially enjoyed planning the Fourth of July party every year. When not floating in the lake, she enjoyed sitting on the patio in the front yard listening to the loons and inviting all that walked by to stop for a visit, talk, and a toast to life.

Debbie was known for her infectious smile and positive attitude. She was strong, gave of herself generously, and lived each day to its fullest. She was affectionately known as Nini and Yaya and would often be caught eating ice cream for lunch with her grandchildren.

Debbie was predeceased by her parents Mabel and Arthur Berry of Gorham and her two grandsons.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Todd Boothby; daughter, Laurie Willett; sister, Darlene Warren; brother, Arthur Berry Jr.; her beloved four grandchildren; and adopted family, Erby and Jennifer Mitchell and their three children; along with many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held Friday, Dec. 11, at the Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Road, Windham. A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Life Church, 8 Elkins Road, Gorham. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com

Those wishing to remember Deb may make donations to the Maine Children’s Cancer Fund at www.fundraising.mmc.org or the Cancer Community Center in South Portland at

http://cancercommunitycenter.org/support-us/tribute-gifts/

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