Lifelong Turlock resident Beatrice Enos Hapgood, 88, passed away July 30, 2016.
Bee was born on the family dairy on Roselawn Avenue, attended Roselawn School, and graduated from Turlock High School in 1945.
As a young woman, Bee worked as a buyer at JC Penney on Main Street and served as President of the Turlock Business Girls. This led to her involvement in Turlock's annual Far West Turkey Show and to an appearance in Life Magazine (February 1948) modeling turkey feather fashions.
Bee married Jim Hapgood on November 10, 1951. They were the first couple married in the newly-built St. Francis Episcopal Church on Pioneer and Main Street. During their engagement they built their home on Marshall Street and have lived there for 65 years.
An energetic volunteer, Bee was active in PTA, taught Sunday school and served both as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for her daughters' troops. After her girls were grown, Bee was one of the founding members of the Turlock High School Auditorium Restoration Committee, helping raise the millions needed to restore the fire-damaged auditorium. For these efforts, Bee received honors from elected officials on the federal, state, and local levels. The Turlock Community Theater is now a registered historical landmark.
Bee played bridge with the same group of friends for more than 50 years. In retirement she and Jim traveled to 46 states, Canada, and Mexico in their motorhome. They were also members of the Turlock Pleasure Seekers RV Club.
Bee loved hosting gatherings of family and friends, and always invited anyone she learned might be spending a holiday alone. She was a fantastic cook, creative decorator, knowledgeable gardener, and devoted wife and mother. A visible presence in the community, Bee could be seen riding her bicycle all over town, her basket brimming with everything from potting soil to her beloved cat, Puff.
Survivors include Bee's husband, Jim Hapgood of Turlock, daughters Janelle Makin of Denair, Sharon (Curt) Aikens of Yuba City, Karen (Jim) Hurlbutt of Visalia, sister Marie Espinola of Turlock, granddaughters Lauren Hurlbutt, Joy Makin, Wendy Makin and Emma Aikens, and sisters-in-law Doris Brown and Carol Frost.
Bee's family would like to thank her amazing caregivers Mary and Amanda.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3 at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock. A graveside service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, at Turlock Memorial Park. Contributions in Bee's memory would be greatly appreciated by the Turlock Community Theater, PO Box 1458, Turlock, CA 95381.