Rebecca Ann Boothman (Becky), 69, of Randolph passed away in the early morning hours Sunday, April 10, 2016, surrounded by close friends and family.
She was born to the late John H. (Jack) and Gwen (Shorey) Boothman October 10 1946 in Berlin.
Becky was a cook at the Appalachian Mountain Club in Pinkham Notch for 23 years until she her retirement; in 2010 she received the Joe Dodge award. Becky had many accomplishments and wore many hats. She made a lasting impression and impact on all those who were lucky enough to meet or get to know her. She grew up working and learning her amazing cooking skills in her family’s hotel, The Mt. Crescent House and continued on this career path working for many years at Whitney’s Inn in Jackson.
For the majority of her adult life she was self-employed within her community cleaning and caretaking many of the summer cottages, running a bakery/gift shop/catering business and even caring for some of the communities’ elderly until she began her career at the AMC. As an adult she along with her family took over and operated “Boothman Sugar Orchard” from her parents. In 1999 she was one of 140 participants selected to participate in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. to represent New Hampshire as a traditional “Yankee” cook and the following year a recreation for Celebrate NH in Hopkinton. Becky was always giving of her time and was a very active member of her community; she served on the Randolph School Board for 20-plus years.
One of her proudest accomplishments was that she was the first female forest fire warden in New Hampshire and served in that role for 34 years. Later in life, she concentrated heavily on her many knitting projects and made beautiful handmade gifts for friends and family far and wide. Although not active for some years, Becky was a member of the Congregational church in Gorham.
Becky is survived by three children: Sara Ouellette of Newark, Vt., Jeffrey Parker and (Maria Neal) of Randolph, and Jennifer Parker of Berlin. She is also survived by one granddaughter, Gwen, a sister Sara and (Greg) Glines and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her youngest sister Susan Hawkins and her step son Joseph Parker.
There will be no calling hours, a celebration of life will be held at the Randolph town hall on Saturday June 11, from 2-6 p.m., and burial will be at the Randolph Cemetery at a later date. In Lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in her memory to The Randolph Community Forest. The Bryant Funeral Home, Gorham, NH, is in charge of the arrangements. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.