Goodbye, Mrs. Booker

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Editorial: Aug. 20, 2012

ISSUE: Passing of Kathleen Booker
OUR VIEW: Her contributions will be missed

For more than four decades, she chronicled the comings and goings of her neighbors and friends. She described unique community happenings and ordinary, everyday circumstances.

Her accounts included personal celebrations of the passing seasons with a special affection for each Hardin County Fair and bygone days.

In describing Kathleen Booker, one former member of The News-Enterprise staff recounted her days as a child listening to stories being swapped in her father’s country store.

Then early in her married life, she and Floyd operated one of those mom-and-dad community markets that seemed to have disappeared in today’s chain store existence.

For residents and former residents of White Mills, her column served up that same style of community communication. It kept alive the connections for cousins, neighbors, friends and even some strangers who began to care after years of reading the familiar family names.

She began writing the column before Hardin County had a daily newspaper. As the community and the paper grew, she continued faithfully.

And with her passing, something is missing. Others may continue the tradition of the community column but Mrs. Booker personified it.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise's editorial board.