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Beth Eileen Ahlf (1923 - 2008)

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Beth Ahlf passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on September 9, 2008 while surrounded by her family in the comfort of her home. Services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park at 9101 Kern Canyon Road, at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, September 17, 2008. Visitation has been scheduled for Tuesday evening between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Beth was preceded in death by her loving husband, Stanley J. Ahlf; her son, Kim Ahlf; her sisters, D. Jean Foth, and Nancy L. Helmstedter; and her parents, Danville Weaver, and Lucille Nickel. Survivors include her children, Tim and Tara Ahlf, Sheri and Paul Yost (Hanford, CA); her grandchildren, Kyle Ahlf, Garrett Ahlf, Curtis Ahlf, Melinda and Keenan Wyand (Hanford, CA), Rebecca and Bruce Wesley (Hanford, CA); and her great-grandchildren, Chandler Wyand, Remi Wyand, Gavin Wesley, and Brooklyn Wesley (all of Hanford, CA). Beth also leaves behind her sister, Shirley A. Arnold; her brother-in-law, Warren Helmstedter (Los Osos, CA); her sister-in-law, Marge Biggs; and numerous nieces and nephews. Beth was born in Decatur, Illinois on October 5, 1923 to Danville and Lucille Weaver. The family moved to San Diego, California and eventually relocated to Bakersfield in 1934. Beth was the oldest of four children including her sisters, Jeanne, Shirley, and Nancy. Beth was a doting and protective sister to her siblings and played a key role in shaping their early development as strong, confident and successful women. All of Beth's extended family as well as her friends can certainly remember times when they called on Beth for her general wisdom or specific advice. In these cases help was always given with understanding and empathy. Beth met and married the true love of her life, Stanley J. Ahlf, and with their good friends, Jack and Barbara Delaney, developed the family's successful business, Delaney & Ahlf Diesel Service. Their success in business over many years allowed Beth the opportunity to work tirelessly for many community and political causes. Her personal commitment and dedication to the Republican Party was widely known and highly acclaimed throughout California and Washington, D.C. Beth was a capable, committed, and tireless worker for causes she believed in. It would be impossible to list all of her accomplishments or describe all the ways she added value to a variety of activities and institutions. But, some of Beth's political appointments and activities include Past-President of Bakersfield Republican Women, member of National Federated Republican Women, member of Bakersfield Republican Assembly, Second Vice President on the Board of California Federation Republican Women Central Division, and she was elected by the delegation at the California Republican Convention to serve for two years as Vice-Chair person. Another activity Beth cherished was her service as a voting delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1996. Some of her community involvement activities included serving on the Board of Directors of the YWCA, and Women in Agriculture, Bakersfield Symphony Associates, Kern Fair Board and the Bicentennial Commission. Beth and Stan lived full and rich lives that would be the envy of most people. They traveled extensively all across the United States and around the world. Many of their trips were made on luxury cruise liners where Beth especially enjoyed dining at the Captain's table. In recent months, Beth could usually be found in the family room of her home where she was surrounded by the many photos, awards, and certificates of accomplishment. People visiting Beth would typically be in awe of the many reminders of her experiences as they are described in these photos and other items. Many of the photos that record Beth's activities include United States Presidents and Vice-Presidents, Senators and Representatives of the United States Congress, Governors, State Senators, Assemblymen, and numerous others of national and state prominence. While she had relationships with these widely known people, Beth treated everyone she met in the same caring and respectful way. The family would like to acknowledge and express their most sincere appreciation to Stan and Beth's personal friend for over ten years, Andrea Williams, who became part of our family. The family also acknowledges Beth's caretakers, Hope Harris, Sue Clay, and Connie Saunders. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Hoffmann Hospice and Optimal Hospice Care. Beth Eileen Ahlf Oct. 5, 1923 - Sept. 9, 2008
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 14, 2008
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