Elsie ROSE (Yarger) Booth-Motter

Rose Booth-Motter of Genoa, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2022 peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in 1928 in Ashland, Ohio to Walter D. and Nellie A. (Andrews) Yarger. She married Wilbur L. Booth in August 1948 and they shared 26 years together.

Rose earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Bowling Green State University and her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Toledo in 1978. In 1984, she married Russ Motter and together they shared 26 years.

Rose taught 5th and 6th grades in Oregon City Schools from 1965-1991. While at Coy Elementary (1965-1988) she produced many medieval fairs and directed Tom Sawyer and other plays. When the 6th grade moved out of the elementary schools, she taught at Eisenhower Middle School (1988-1991). She was proud of the many kids and grandkids she taught in Oregon. Her teaching career came full-circle this Summer when she found out she made a difference in the life of a child when one of her students met her favorite teacher, “Mrs. Booth”. When entering Bob Evans, she was greeted by her former student with a bouquet of yellow roses and a pre-paid lunch. Her student wanted her teacher to know that she showed her love when no other adults did. She mentioned she is a successful business woman today because of her favorite teacher.

Education was very important to Rose. She lost her father when she was five. At the time, her dad owned a successful car dealership but had no insurance. Insurance wasn’t offered in those days. At that time, she and her mom had to live off of her mom’s teaching salary. This was a lesson that Rose never forgot. She instilled the importance of a good education to her kids and grandkids so they could live off of their salary in case it was needed. Rose was a three-time Jennings Scholar and, along with two of her friends—Janet Mancinotti-Webb and Claire Thompson-Herman, taught in a European school during the summer of 1978. She never stopped learning and enjoyed attending Terra State’s ElderCollege.

Rose was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Genoa, past-president of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority (Gamma-Chi chapter), lifetime member of Bowling Green State University Alumni Association and the University of Toledo Alumni Association. She belonged to the Ottawa County Retired Teachers Association (past treasurer), the Toledo Art Museum Third Tuesday Gallery Group, American Legion Auxiliary-Genoa Post 324 and Maumee Bay Investment Club. Rose also traced her family back to the Mayflower and was a member of Daughters of American Revolution and First Families of Ohio.

Rose lost her mom shortly after Rebecca was born and being an only child, her friends became her family. She loved living in Genoa and all the friends she had. She was part of three card clubs: Tresetta Club of Genoa since 1952, Genoa Bridge club since 1963 and Gen/Elm Card club since 1963. She also golfed in Elmore and Fostoria for many years.

Rose was blessed to have traveled all over the world with her daughter, Rebecca. She was the quintessential mom and nana. She was always baking cookies, hosting parties, inviting friends with no families to family dinners, and sewing clothes for her great-granddaughter. She loved her two daughters and son-in-law with all her heart and was especially fond of her twin grandchildren.

Rose is survived by her two daughters: Rebecca Booth and Julie (Brian) Humbarger; two grandchildren: Bryce Humbarger (Cesily Insana), Bonita Springs, FL and Breanna Humbarger DVM, Louisville area; and two great-grandchildren: Emme Kathryn Humbarger and Giana Rose Humbarger.

Visitation is scheduled for 10:30 on Thursday, January 5 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1213 Washington Street, Genoa, OH 43430. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 AM followed by a luncheon in the church gymnasium. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Rose’s name to St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1213 Washington Street, Genoa OH 43430 or the Genoa Branch Library, 602 West St. Genoa, OH 43430.

Rebecca and Julie would like to thank their friends and church family for all the love, prayers and kindness given to them over the years. They would also like to thank Ohio Living Hospice RN, Jennifer Frey-Schmidt and Licensed Social Worker, Nicole Corl.

Condolences may be made online to the family at: americancreationevents.com 


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