Unusually for the Victorian era, all of William and Catherine Booth's children survived into adulthood. Marie, however, had an accident at an early age that caused her to have convulsions thus making her an invalid; therefore, she was the only one of the Booth's children who did not regularly serve in the Salvation Army. She was, however, given the permanent rank of staff captain.
Her sister Evangeline Booth often took care of her, and is said to have gotten into trouble for reprimanding a governess who had scolded Marie for being slow with her lessons. Marie was often pictured at family occasions such as her father's funeral in 1912.