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Mabel I. Baptista
March 9, 1930 March 10, 2010
Mabel Baptista was born in Gilroy to Everett and Velma Beghtel. At age 2, her parents did not survive an automobile accident and Mabel moved to Waterford. She graduated from Hughson High School where she met the love of her life, Roy Baptista. They were married in 1949, and lived happily until Roy passed on March 10, 1986.
No matter where she worked, she touched the lives of every one. Over the years she worked at Community Hospital, Emanuel Hospital, Smith Chevrolet, A Special Place and Federal Land Bank. She was active in many organizations with her children and grandchildren. She was a 4-H Community and Project leader and a THS Ag Advisory Committee member. She was presented the Turlock FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer Award.
Mabel loved being with her family and friends. Whether you knew her as Mom, Grammie, Auntie Mabel or Blondie, she brought the same kindness, generosity and happiness into the lives of all those around her.
Mabel is survived by her daughter, Judy (Ben) Hager of Turlock; son, Mike Baptista of Hughson; grandchildren, Heather (Doug) Brandow of Fresno, Matthew Hager of Fresno, Devyn Baptista of Turlock and Tyler Baptista of Hughson; great grandchildren Serenity, Landen and Parker Brandow of Fresno; and sister, Wilda Rodgers of Placerville. Mabel was preceded in death by brother, Bill Beghtel; sisters, Mame Jaspar Burt, Fern Juliano, Alice Johnson and Arna Paul.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be sent to the Turlock FFA Roy and Mabel Baptista Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of THS FFA, 1600 E. Canal Dr., Turlock, CA 95380
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16 at Turlock Memorial Park, 425 Soderquist Rd. A prayer service and memorial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17 at Turlock Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Turlock Memorial Park.
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