Before Booth passed, her daughters Debbie and Jeanne had spoken to her about what lay beyond, asking that she connect with them beyond the divide if she could.
"They talked many times with Grandma, lightheartedly, even jokingly," Angela Abbott Patteson, Booth's granddaughter-in-law, told The Dodo. "‘Hey, when you get to heaven, see if you’re able to send a sign that you’re there, and that you’re happy.’ She would say, ‘I’ll see what I can do!’ They said, ‘Send a cardinal!’ Because that was one of Grandma’s favorite birds."
Booth's family believes she fulfilled that request.
The day after Booth's memorial service, her family was gathered to play her favorite card game in her honor. It was around this time, Patteson said, they heard something at the kitchen window.
And sure enough: