BOOKER (Daly), Jean Eleanor
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91, passed away quietly March 3, 2018 at Hospice of Dayton.

She was born in Dayton October 31, 1926 to the late Nellie (Williams) and Clemence A.

Daly. One brother, Robert, preceded her in death. Survived by her loving son, Robert, of Indianapolis, devoted friend and loving companion, Geraldine (Gerry) Thompson, special friends Anna Robinson of Indianapolis, Kevin Furlow of Dayton and countless friends, including hundreds of her loving students. Jean was a graduate of Roosevelt High School (1944), Oberlin College (1948) and received her Master of Arts Degree from Miami University. Her career began at Edison and Grace A. Green, teaching elementary physical education, and in 1950 Jean moved to Roosevelt High School. Her years at Roosevelt were as a teacher (1950 – 1961), counselor (1961- 1963) and assistant principal (1963-1968). She then served at Fairview High School as assistant principal, acting principal and as appointed principal. With the closing of Fairview, Jean moved to Meadowdale, serving as principal until her retirement in 1985. Jean was a member of the Dayton Board of Education from 1988 to 1999 and served as its President for 3 years. Her many community awards and involvement include: Dayton Ten Top Women 1963, American Youth Foundation Trustee, and Wesley Center Steering Committee. Environmental concerns were paramount in Jean’s life; she enjoyed the beauty of nature. Watching wild birds in her back yard inspired her. Other experiences enriched her life, including traveling, hiking, walking at Englewood Dam, downhill skiing in her late 60’s and Grand Canyon white water rafting at 78. She was an active member and Elder of College Hill Presbyterian Church and sang in the church choir. Jean was a long-time supporter of the American Youth Foundation and afforded many students and College Hill youth the opportunity to attend its summer leadership conferences. Jean began her own 35-year AYF career as a Miniwanca camper in 1943. She served as a board member for many years until her retirement in 2010. At her retirement the AYF director summed up Jean’s years as “a guiding light to young people and one who was always concerned that the program challenge campers to ‘aspire nobly, adventure daringly, and serve humbly’.” Jean Daly Booker was a Christian servant, an advocate for justice and a blessing to us all. Jean, applying always her faith to human needs, donated her body to The Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University. A Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, April 7, 2018, 2:00 p.m. at Shiloh Church, (5300 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton) Pastor Darryll Young, officiating.


Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to: Hospice of Dayton Foundation (324 Wilmington Avenue Dayton, OH 45420), American Youth Foundation (6357 Clayton Road St.

Louis, MO 63117), College Hill Community Church (1547 Philadelphia Drive Dayton, OH 45406), or a charity of your choice.

Kindred Funeral Home, Englewood is handling the arrangements.

Online Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kindred funeral home.com