University to Hold Celebration of Life

Campus joins together to celebrate Shari Booth's life

By: Becky St. Clair

A Celebration of Life for Shari will be held next week.

Walla Walla University will hold a Student Celebration of Life for Shari Booth on Wednesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. in the University Church. 

A memorial service will also be held this Saturday, May 24, at 4 p.m. at the Meadowglade Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battleground, Wash.

Students who wish to attend the Sabbath service in Battleground and need accommodations may contact Becky St. Clair at 509.301.9549 to get contact information to arrange for a place to stay.

A blog has been created with photos and information about Shari.  Condolences for friends and family and memories of Shari can be posted at the blog:

Shari, who was 19, was a biology freshman and a 2007 graduate of Columbia Adventist Academy in Battleground.

She is being remembered by friends and family as a person who lived life to the fullest. 

"She was all about the experience," says Lindsay Kelstrom, Shari's roommate and friend since childhood. "She was a very fun person."

Among her many hobbies, which included four-wheeling, playing games, watching movies, traveling, and going to the beach, her love of horses was especially strong.

Her family recalls Shari as always "wanting the toughest horse," using her horsemanship skills to win competitions with horses that others might have considered too challenging.  When she came to Walla Walla, Shari brought her horse, "Rooster," with her, boarding him close to the university so she could feed him his oats every evening.

Her family recalls that Shari loved life with her whole heart and loved to share Jesus. 

"She was the most wonderful, talented, and beautiful person you could ever meet," her mother says.

Shari held a unique connection to the Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory. Her grandfather, Ernest Booth, was a key player in the acquisition of the property for WWU in 1954.

"Ernest Booth was a visionary. He took a chance and look what Walla Walla has because of him," says Marsha Booth, Shari's mother.  “Shari was the same way. She was a visionary."

The Booth family has called the Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory their favorite place on earth.

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