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Beatrice Shamlin
A funeral service was held Friday at the Ceres Chapel of Franklin and Downs for Beatrice Castleman Shamlin, 87, of Ceres. She died April 4, 2009 at her home.

Interment was at Ceres Memorial Park with military honors.

Born Jan. 23, 1922 in Valley Home, Beatrice graduated from Ceres Union High School in 1940. She earned a diploma in Higher Accountancy at LaSalle Extension University in Chicago. She attended Modesto Junior College and Armstrong College in Berkeley. In 1943, Mrs. Shamlin graduated from the U.S. Navy Trade School in Memphis, Tenn. Beatrice served during World War II Waves (USNR) women accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service. She was indoctrinated at Cedar Falls, IA, USNATTC, Memphis, TN, USNAS, Jacksonville, FL. Service dates are November 1942 to November 1945.

A homemaker and amateur genealogist, Mrs. Shamlin published a genealogy book in 1993, and compiled a second genealogy book on the Castleman family. She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Turlock, the Ceres post 491 of the American Legion, Daughters of The American Revolution, the United States Navy Memorial, and the Ceres Historical Society. She was also a charter member of the Waves National and charter member of Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA).

She leaves behind her husband, John Shamlin of Ceres; and her sister, Betty Smith of Ceres. She is preceded in death by daughter Carol Anne Shamlin, parents William A. and Dove Castleman, brother Bill Castleman and sisters Helen Spensley and Inez Roberts.

Remembrances may be sent to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /April 15, 2009