Mildred “Meb” Booth DeGuire
Mildred “Meb” Booth DeGuire went home to the Lord on July 23, 2020. She passed away peacefully at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.
Meb was born in Monticello on June 19, 1936, delivered at home by her Uncle John “Doc” Wilson. She was a lifelong Methodist, secure in her faith in Jesus Christ.
She was an honor graduate of Monticello High School, where she was in numerous clubs, was a cheerleader, and a drummer in the band.
She attended Draughon’s Business College in Jackson, where she was an honor student and the business manager of the college newspaper.
Also known as “Millie,” she lived in Appleton, Wisc., for many years. She also lived in Montgomery, Ala., and Waukegan, Ill., before returning to Jackson in 1979.
Always ready to listen, she was a fun-loving and supportive mother who enjoyed taking her children to parks and riding bikes. Music brought her so much joy; her eclectic taste and love of music was instilled in all of her children.
Meb spent a lifetime building her career, beginning as an executive secretary. She worked in career placement, customer service, insurance claims, and sales, and excelled at all, winning professional awards throughout her working years. She was also an admissions counselor at both business colleges and a junior college, where she loved helping her students plan for the future.
Meb was passionate about current events, politics, music, and sports. She was an avid Green Bay Packers and college football fan. She enjoyed caring for her beloved pets, spending time in the garden, working on art projects, shopping, traveling, and eating out. What she loved most, however, were hugs from her grandchildren.
Meb DeGuire is preceded in death by her father, James Vester Booth; mother, Mildred Newton Booth; brother, James Henry Booth; sister-in-law, Ruby Covington Booth; and brother-in-law, Clarence Edward Akers Jr.
She is survived by her sister, Gwen Booth Akers, of Brandon; daughter, Pamela Holdorf Vacketta, of East Lansing, Mich.; daughter, Wendy Holdorf McNulty (Pat), of Madison; son, David H. DeGuire Jr., of Brandon; granddaughter, Kristen E. Vacketta (Dan Kallish), of Santa Clara, Calif.; grandsons, Andrew J. McNulty, of Madison; and David L. DeGuire, of Brandon; a nephew and nieces; and great nieces and great nephews.
The family would like to express their appreciation to all the professionals who cared for Meb in her last days and especially to the exceptional staff at Hospice Ministries.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland, 450 Towne Center Blvd., Ridgeland, MS 39157.