A Sacred Moment


Nancy Lou Booth

April 08, 1933 - February 14, 2015

Beloved Mother, Friend, and Hard Worker

Nancy Lou Booth (nee Davis), of Marysville, WA died in her home, surrounded by her family on February 14, 2015. She was 81 years old.

Nancy is survived by her children, Jim Murphy of Sherwood, OR and Gary Murphy of Lake Stevens, WA; her sister Phyllis Brown of Arlington, WA; her eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren, a niece, and a nephew. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold (Hal) Booth of Vader, WA, and her parents, William Davis and Mildred Setzer of Sedro Woolley, WA.

Nancy was born on April 8, 1933 in Sedro Woolley, WA to William Davis and Mildred Setzer. She started working at the phone company at age 16 in Everett, WA. She married Bill Murphy, of Everett, WA in 1951. She gave birth to their sons, Jim in 1952 and Gary in 1954. Unfortunately, the couple divorced in 1954. Raising two sons as a single mother was difficult during those days, but Nancy managed it by working multiple jobs. She eventually settled on work in the legal profession, putting her excellent typing skills to work creating transcripts of trials. She found the love of her life, Hal Booth, Chief Administrator of the King County Sheriff's Department. They retired to Camano Island, where they lived for many years. Nancy moved to Marysville after Hal passed away to be closer to family.

Nancy loved animals, especially her cats. She was an avid reader and loved to play cards with friends. She and Hal spent many winters at their home away from home on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. It was there that she put her busy life on hold and just lounged in the sun and read book after book. She would send a box or two ahead, so that she wouldn't run out. She was also fiercely loyal to her friends and family and looked out for those she cared about. Her grandson, Brandon, affectionately called her "The Godmother," in reference to Marlon Brando's character. When she got it in her mind to do something, she would not quit until it was accomplished. She lived life on her own terms.

Nancy passed away peacefully in her home after battling various illnesses for years. She will be remembered as beloved mother, friend, and hard worker.


Nancy's wishes were for no memorial service.


She asked that in lieu of flowers, any memorial donations be directed to the Camano Island Senior Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, the Seattle Children's Hospital, or the American Heart Association.

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