Christine Booher

An indomitable spirit drifted from this world as Christine Booher joined her Lord on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in IU Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. 

Born in Seaman, Ohio, on May 6, 1933, Christine was sister to two brothers, Robert Elliott and John Elliott, both deceased, and sisters, Mildred (Dick) Marshall and Carol (Terry) Consoer. Her parents, John and Elva Sue Elliott named her Ida, but more frequently called her “Dolly” or “Sister.”

Following graduation from Seaman High School, Christine moved to Crawfordsville, to train as a Western Union telegraph operator. She met her future husband, Barry C. Booher, as he sat on a car’s hood at a gas station on Market Street. They married March 8, 1951. One of Christine’s greatest joys was talking about the accomplishments of her children: Tim Booher, Kimberly (Kym) Booher Bushong (Paul) of Crawfordsville, Denise Booher Walker (John) of Wingate and Christi Booher and Susan (Akasha) Tharp of Indianapolis.

Christine was an individual who worked hard all her life! In addition to raising her children, Christine was an equal partner on the dairy, livestock and grain farm with her husband. They later divorced. Christine is also memorable as an employee at several locations in the Crawfordsville area beginning with service as a cashier at Kroger. Most remarkable, is Christine’s becoming a Perdue turkey grower at the age of 68. During the years in that position, Christine was noted for being a creative problem solver and innovator. She also was named Grower of the Year. After undergoing an open-heart surgery, Christine retired in 2011.

Christine will also be remembered as one who loved to be involved in schools and community to help others. She served as den master and scoutmaster for her children in scouting. Christine was also active in school PTOs and volunteered around area schools in positions such as the clinic, and even helped build scenery for a high school play.

Christine had many gifts. She loved sharing a good story. Holidays and gatherings gave her an opportunity to cook a great meal or a special dish. Christine was also one who could coax a plant to do anything, and she collaborated with individuals around the world as they shared plant seeds, starts, and strategies. Christine was a lover of pets and good books, a jewelry maker, seamstress and costume-maker, artist and carpenter. In addition to many of her personality traits, one will find several of Christine’s gifts reside in the talents of her children. Christine’s spirit lives on through these traits and talents.

Speaking of the accomplishments of her grandchildren was another of Christine’s joys. Christina (Kitti) Booher McKinley (Mark) of Crestview Hills, Kentucky; Megan Booher Harshbarger (Dustin) of Crawfordsville; Luke Walker of Wingate; Sam Booher of Indianapolis, Lucien Tharp of Indianapolis, and step-great-granddaughter Farrah Harshbarger gave Christine great pride!

Though Christine’s body began to fail her, her bright and intelligent mind remained with her to the end of her life and she could instantly recall a date or fact for this text.

Christine was succeeded in death by her parents; brothers; former husband; infant son Matthew Clark Booher; and granddaughter Miranda De Walker.

The family expresses deep appreciation to friends, caregivers and supporters who enriched Christine’s life.

Visitation hours are 1-3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9 at Family and Friends Funeral Home of Wingate, with funeral services following at 3 p.m. Friday, with Pastor Keith Jones leading the services. Interment will follow in Meharry Cemetery, Wingate. 

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or any lending library. 

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