In Loving Memory of

Blanche L. Boothby

10/26/1928 - 02/16/2013

BLANCHE LOUISE BOOTHBY(De Sha) Blanche was born October 26, 1928 to Mirel Edward and Blanche (Wise) De Sha. Blanche was a resident of Gainesville from 1946 to 1990 when she returned to her childhood Home in Waldo.
Blanche attended Waldo High School where she was a cheerleader and a member of the Girl’s Basketball Team. She always talked fondly of hunting Quail with her beloved Father, Mirel Edward, and his Bird Dogs Jack and Queen.
Blanche’s lifelong occupation was “Mother”, to her three boys; David, Rick and Gary. Her life was devoted to the well being and happiness of her children. She always took pride in her home being “the place the kids hung out”, because of her giving, amiable, and mothering character. She was always the first to step up and volunteer her time and support for anything that benefited the happiness and well being of her children. Blanche Married her beloved husband of sixty-six years, David Bernarr, after his return from Military service following World War II . She was a supportive, caring wife for nearly seven decades and was a devoted caretaker during his declining health.
After raising her Boys and David’s retirement in 1988, she and David moved back to the Desha Family Homestead in Waldo, to reside in the home that her Father built in 1929, and that she didn’t leave until her marriage in 1946. Her return to Waldo gave her comfort and her Beloved Friend Linda Wise exemplified the caring support of the Waldo Community.
Blanche was a member of the First Baptist Church of Waldo and Eastern Star.
Blanche is preceded in death by Her Father and Mother, Mirel Edward and Blanche Desha and her husband David Bernarr.
Surviving her are her children; David Mirel Boothby (Genie), Richard Carl Boothby (Page), Gary Alan Boothby (Denise) and Grandchildren; Hunter, Jonathan (Elizabeth), Alison, Brandon, and Baylee.
In lieu of flowers ,please send donations to the First Baptist Church of Waldo, C/O Rev. Jim Dubois, P.O. Box 216, Waldo Fl. 32694

Inurnment will be held Privately, She will be buried next to her Beloved Husband David, at Forest Meadows Memorial Park, East

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7 Responses

  1. David Mirel at · Reply

    Rest in peace Momma, free of worry and forever with Daddy. Your Loving Son.

    1. Terri Lee JOnes at · Reply

      David Rick and Gary
      So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing – my parents Carlton and Mary Smith send their love as well.
      Terri Lee (Smith) Jones

  2. Karen Ellenburg Whittle at · Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers go out to your family.


    Karen E. Whittle

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  4. Elizabeth Robinson at · Reply

    Gary, my thoughts, tears, and prayers are with you and Denise,your children and your family during your loss. I wish I knew yor mother, she sounds like a wonderful mother and person. My love goes out to you all. She will still be watching over you all, don’t forget that.


  5. Beverly Kinchen Jones at · Reply

    David, Rick and Gary,

    I know the loss you are feeling and how lucky you were to have your parents for such a long time. There is peace in knowing they are living healthy and happy with our heavenly father. Keep the memories in your heart and love one another.

    God Bless,


  6. Judy Littleton at · Reply

    Gary, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Such a special lady who will be missed by her family and many friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

    Mama Judy

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