Beatrice Church Witter Hooper Passed away on Jan 22nd, 2013 at the age of 94. Born in Oakland, CA on Sept 24th, 1918 to Gertrude and Elmer Church.
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Loving wife of 57 years of Jack Edwards Hooper (predeceasing her in 2001) of Piedmont, loving mother of Catharine Moore Hooper of Mill Valley, CA, Martha Church Hooper (Erdogan) of Istanbul, Turkey, and Thomas Edwards Hooper (Christy) of Stockton, CA. Adored "Gammy" to Julian Soler (Emilia) of NY, Stephanie Soler of SF, Molly Hooper of Wash, DC, and Betsy Hooper of Stockton, CA. Predeceased by her sister Eleanor Welty (Robert), and brother George Church (Josephine), along with Jack's brother Wayne Hooper (Barbara). Great-grandmother to "Jack" Soler, and several loving nieces and nephews
A local Bay Area girl, "Beadie" attended Lakeview Grammar School in Oakland before moving to their family home on Waldo Ave in Piedmont, where she attended and graduated from Piedmont High School, Class of 1936.
While attending PHS, she was President of Hoan Honor Society, received the DAR Good Citizenship award, and was crowned Queen of the Carnival. She attended Camp Augusta in Nevada City, CA for six years. Beadie was also a member of the Junior Assistance League at PHS.
Graduating from PHS, Beadie attended UC Berkeley, where her lifelong love of the Golden Bears was formed. She pledged Kappa Alpha Theta sorority; graduated from Cal a proud member of the Class of 1940.
On May 12, 1942, Beadie married her high school and college sweetheart, Jean Carter Witter, Jr. in Piedmont. After a brief 10 day honeymoon in Carmel and Mt. Diablo, Jean reported for duty aboard the USS SAN FRANCISCO. Sadly, Ensign Jean Witter, Jr. was killed in Nov. 1942 serving his country in the US Navy, while on the Bridge of the USS SAN FRANCISCO during the decisive naval Battle of Guadalcanal, alongside RADM Daniel Callaghan. Beadie remained very close to the Witter family throughout her life.
During the war, Beadie was a Red Cross Nurse's Aide volunteer, and a member of San Francisco's "Spinsters and Dames".
A young naval officer from Berkeley, CA, Jack Edwards Hooper, who had known Beadie since high school started courting this young widow. Beadie soon fell in love with LT. Cmdr. Hooper and accepted his entreaties to marry him. During the war, she took a train across the country to marry Jack in the Chapel at the Naval Academy at Annapolis on July 8, 1944, with her brother George attending.
Jack and Beadie started their family soon after WWII ended, living in Piedmont where both were active in community affairs.
Beadie was a member of the Jr League of Oakland, Chairman of the Linden Branch of Children's Hospital, President of the Frank C. Havens Mother's Club. Beadie and Jack were long time members of Claremont Country Club. Beadie joined the Piedmont Community Church in 1931, where she and Jack served many roles at PCC.
Beadie, Jack, and children, spent many happy summers at the family cabin her parents built in the 1920's, in Pinecrest, CA. Beadie soon learned that if she were to see more of her husband on the weekends, she would have to take up golf. She and Jack loved their vacations to Hawaii, relishing their time on the beach and the links. They also enjoyed seeing the world aboard many cruises., where a new group of friendships developed among their fellow passengers, and with many of the Princess Cruises officers.
Beadie was proud of her University, and her Theta ties. She cherished her deep and longtime friendships with a wide circle of friends. But above all, Beadie was devoted to her loving husband of 57 years, Jack, and to her family. She took tremendous interest in all of her family activities and was very proud of each of her children and grandchildren, their accomplishments and contributions. This was a woman who loved and was greatly loved by her family and friends.
Beadie loved each of her three children unconditionally, and her family was her greatest passion and joy. Beadie was the last of the Church-Hooper-Welty "grown-u and will be missed more than words can express. A savvy, "with it", loving, compassionate, elegant, fun, wonderful mother. While your family will miss you terribly, we are happy that you are now at peace and back with your beloved husband, Jack. We feel grateful to have had you in our lives for as long as we did.
As one of Tom's friends commented, "Your Parents were a Classic".
"A man's heart is measured not by how much he loves, but by how much he is loved by others" - The Wizard of Oz
Private services were held. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Piedmont Community Church, 400 Highland Ave, Piedmont, CA, or to the
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11, 2013