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Margaret Booth

July 26, 1950 — October 30, 2017

Margaret A. “Peggy” (Raley) Booth, 67, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017, at the WMHS Regional Medical Center after a seventeen-month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Born on July 26, 1950, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late John and Rita (McKenzie) Raley.

In addition to her parents, Peggy was preceded in death by one sister, Teresa “Peach” Raley; in-laws, William and Maryland Booth; brothers-in-law, Donnie and Kenny Booth, Jim Beechie, Sr and Jim Bennett, Jr.

Mrs. Booth attended Beall High School.  She retired from HRDC’s Head Start in 2012 after 34 years of service as a bus driver and cook.  She also worked for Barnes Bus Company for seven years which gave her over 25 years as a school bus driver.

Peggy is survived by her husband of 44 years, Walter Booth; children, Joe Booth and special friend Pennie Whitacre, Denise Booth and special friend Ernie Hause and Leslie Merrill and husband Tony; one grandchild, “MawMaw’s Special Boy” Austin Merrill; sister, Patsy Beechie; brother, John Raley, Jr. and wife Barbara; sisters-in-law, Diana Booth, Betty Lou Perdue and husband Donald and Dianne Bennett; and numerous nieces, nephews, special cousins and friends.

Family and friends will be received at Durst Funeral Home, 57 Frost Ave, Frostburg. MD, on Friday, November 3, 2017, from 1-3 pm.

Funeral services will follow visitation at 3 pm with Rev. Laurel Underwood officiating.

Peggy was cremated in accordance with her wishes.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations, in Peggy’s name, be made to Schwab Family Cancer Center, 12500 Willowbrook Rd, Cumberland, MD 21502.

The family offers special thanks to Dr. Zaman and his staff at the Schwab Family Cancer Center.

Words of comfort may be sent to the family following the obituary at

Charitable donations may be made to:

WMHS Foundation Schwab Family Cancer Center
12500 Williowbrook Road, Cumberland, MD 21502,
Tel: 240-964-8051

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