Betty Howlett Beurmann

1935 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Betty Howlett Beurmann Obituary
Betty Howlett Beurmann 1935-2013 Betty was "blessed to have been born in Bakersfield". Born Elizabeth Joanne Hill on March 24, 1935 in Bakersfield, California to Dean and Nell (Heffernan) Hill, Betty was an only child. She was raised in Bakersfield, attended St. Francis and graduated from Garces High School in 1953. She later attended Bakersfield College and earned an AA. In 1955, Betty married Ralph Howlett after meeting in high school through mutual friends. She stayed in Bakersfield during Ralph's service in the Navy, and together they raised four children: John, LeeAnn, Laurie and David. With her young family she moved to the central coast and northern California, making lifelong friends along the way. In 1965, the family returned home to Bakersfield. They spent many weekends and made wonderful memories at their family's cabin; Betty organized incredible yearly camping trips to various destinations, which deepened ties with their family friends. Betty was very involved with her children's school and church community at St. Francis and made a home that was open, warm and welcoming to all. Many of her kids' friends considered her their second Mom. When her children were a little older, Betty began her working life, first at the Mental Health Association and later for the Kern High School District, at both South and Stockdale High Schools. She retired as school secretary from Stockdale High School and counts both South and Stockdale staff among her close and long-time friends. In retirement, Betty had even more time to travel and spend time with her family and friends. She met her "perfect match", Kenzie "Bud" Beurmann III in 1997, and they were married in 1999 in Reno. This marriage joined two wonderful clans into a large extended family. They enjoyed cruises and spending time at the coast often, returning home invigorated to join their many family members in celebrations and meals together. Betty was always a good cook; from her frugal gourmet days as a mother of four to her later large family meals, she enjoyed the joy of preparing food and loved discovering new, creative dishes to share with family and friends. Betty was raised in the Catholic faith and had a strong relationship with God, always knowing that God's will would be done in her family and friends' lives as well as her own. Her strong faith engendered generosity and goodness in every circle she entered; she sustained friendships from each chapter of her life with love and enthusiasm. Among those she kept in touch with were South High colleagues, St. Francis and Garces High girlfriends, San Luis friends, and former students. Mom was a woman with an incredible capacity for love, and many loved her in return. She was the heart of her family, and our hearts are broken by the loss of her presence. Betty is preceded in death by her parents Dean and Nell and husband Bud Beurmann. She is survived by her children: John Howlett (Debbie), LeeAnn Bergen (Stanley), Laurie Price (Mark), David Howlett (Shelly), as well as stepchildren: Kenzie IV "Bud" Beurmann (Lyn), Sheryl Cabral (Fred), Renee Varner (Steve), Jamie Padilla (Joe Dillon), 21 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and her cat Fluffy. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 10:00am at Christ the King Church, 1800 Bedford Way, followed by a meal in the church hall. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery at a later date. May the God who graced us with you, Mom and Grammy, grace us with the peace to accept your passing into the next chapter of your life-and may you continue to make friends, laugh, eat and drink with joy in heaven! www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 3, 2013
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