Maria Mendoza Booth of Yellow Springs, Ohio passed away on July 4, after a valiant battle with cancer.
Born on February 29, 1968, to Drs. Antonio and Araceli Mendoza in Man, West Virginia. After graduating from Archbishop McNicholas High School in 1986 she completed BS in Elementary Education at the University of Dayton and an Associate in Science degree in Physical Therapy Assistant at Central Ohio Technical College.
She was raised in Bethel, Ohio. Her parents were both born in the Philippines. As a child she was an avid reader. She was a ballet student and in her late teens was a member of the Fil Am Folk dance troupe in Cincinnati.
In 2000, she met John Booth and they wed in 2002, going on to have two children, Malaya and Malik.
Maria was a proud mother who enjoyed her children’s accomplishments in athletics and extracurricular activities. She was a very talented performance poet who performed three times at the National Poetry Slam Asian Showcase. Maria enjoyed singing and drumming with the Booth Family Drummers, performing in Ohio and the Philippines. Maria was an activist of formidable strength and passion and a tireless fighter for freedom. She spent much of her career as a Physical Therapy Assistant.
Maria is predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her husband john, daughter Malaya, son Malik, sisters Karin and Liz, brothers Antonio and Steve and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services for Maria Mendoza Booth will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2023.
First Baptist Church
600 Dayton St.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Visitation begins @ 11am.
Funeral starts @ 12pm.
A celebration of life with food, family & friends will follow afterwards in the church hall. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to help Maria's family as they begin the next chapter of life without her.
Thank you to all the friends of Maria Booth and John Booth for your support and love of the Booth family during this very difficult time.