Emily Anne Dabney Booth

June 9, 2022

Emily Anne Dabney Booth, 95, of Charlotte, NC, passed away on June 9, 2022. She was born to the late Rhea and Emily Dabney, on March 22, 1927, in Jackson, Tennessee. She was a resident at Sharon Towers Retirement Community where she lived with her late husband, Douglas, for the last 22 years of her life.

She met Douglas while attending Whitworth College in Mississippi. Although Douglas was in the Navy at the time, he managed to come visit his mother, Mrs. Nell Wade Booth, who taught in the Business Department at the school. She had told her son there was a cute girl in one of her classes that she wanted him to meet, and being the dutiful son that he was, he agreed to take her out on a blind date. Dressed in his formal Navy uniform, it was love at first sight, and Emily and Doug were soon married in her hometown.

They used to say that after they married, they moved 12 times in 13 years. In all the cities in which they lived, Emily “bloomed where she was planted.” First and foremost a devoted wife and mother, Emily always jumped in wherever she was needed. She was a Girl Scout leader; a Sunday school teacher to numerous preschoolers; a member of the Junior League where she volunteered for years as the “story lady” at the library; a member of the Nature Museum and Wing Haven, which is a bird and plant sanctuary in Charlotte. Because of her dedication to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, she was awarded an Honorary Life Membership from the Women of the Church. She served at the Shepherd’s Center and knitted countless scarves and hats for Classroom Central, where teachers could find items needed for their under-privileged students. She was a favorite “grandmother” to many of her own grandchildren’s friends. She even wrote a children’s story about her adventures with her grandchildren during summers in Brevard.

Her love for handwork led her to own a needlework shop in Charlotte called The Scotch Wool Shop. Her outgoing personality, her sense of humor (she was known as the unofficial “joke teller” of her Sunday school class), her patient teaching skills, and her strong work ethic enabled her to excel in the business and endeared her to many Charlotteans who visited her shop. One of her original needlepoint designs won a blue ribbon in an international competition judged by Princess Grace of Monaco.

Emily particularly loved being out in nature and was a bird and wildflower expert. She hiked to many waterfalls in the Brevard area and enjoyed introducing her friends and family to the beauty of the mountains. She treasured the trips she took with her family and traveled all over the United States and the world. Among her favorite destinations were the US National Parks.

For many years, she did errands for the less mobile Sharon Towers residents and drove those without cars to their doctors’ appointments. Even in her 90’s, she continued to create hundreds of little origami boxes out of folded magazine paper to contain pieces of candy for every resident at Sharon Towers. Her joy in life was being with and helping others. She leaves a rich legacy of love for her family and friends and will be fondly remembered. Emily is predeceased by her husband of 73 years, Douglas Wade Booth, and two brothers, Rhea Dabney and Thompson Dabney of Jackson, TN. She is survived by her daughters, Janice Booth Maner (Dave) of Greensboro and Patricia Booth Martin (Jim) of Charlotte; her three granddaughters, Dabney Maner Sninski (Todd) of Cary, NC; Whitley Maner Gasaway (Sonny)of Elon, NC; and Taylor Martin Nelson (Josh) of Knoxville, TN. She was also “Emmy” to eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Sharon Towers for their many years of care and friendship, and the kind and supportive Hospice team. Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org), 225 N. Michigan Av, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

A private graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life at 2:00, June 18, 2022, in the chapel at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, where all are welcome. For those who were unable to attend click on the following link to view the service:  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/pWCWOwTI7379zZ07VH50-UYg_3zp2r3Odpsgwg5kZZlk2OL_rQDxyXAPI-GcX8tp.chuovCLiW3lOC1uj

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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