Dianne A. Tripp Booth
Obituary submitted for inclusion by Caroline Wilkie Wordell.
Exhibit Text from 2020 Special Exhibition
Several years after graduating from Wilbur High School, Dianne Tripp married her high school sweetheart, Bob Booth. They purchased a house on Willow Avenue and began a family. Like many women at the time, Dianne’s main focus was on her three children, but when possible, she also chose to work part-time. The income was helpful, and the work was an outlet for her organizational and creative skills. A graduate of Campbell Secretarial School, Dianne worked for the Newport Chamber of Commerce, the Wilbor House Museum, Transcom, and for many years the Brownell Library. She also volunteered for the Congregational Church, her children’s Scout Troops, and as President of the LC Republican Committee.
Anyone who visited the Booths would be impressed with Dianne’s homemaking and baking skills, but her handicrafts were exceptional. A skilled seamstress, knitter, and expert rug braider, Dianne often taught these skills to others. For much of 2019 Dianne had health issues but had recovered well enough by autumn to be out in the community again. Tragically, COVID-19 complications ended her life suddenly, but peacefully, on March 19, 2020.