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Mabel I. Baptista
A prayer service and memorial will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 Soderquist Road, Turlock, for Mabel I. Baptista, 80, of Turlock. She died March 10, 2010.

Entombment will follow at Chapel of the Flowers Mausoleum at Turlock Memorial Park.

Born March 9,1930 in Gilroy to Everett and Velma Beghtel, Mabel lost her parents and age two and 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. She was active in many organizations especially those that involved her children and grandchildren. She was a 4-H Community and Project Leader as well as a Turlock High School Ag Advisory Committee Member and was presented the Turlock FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer Award. She worked at Community Hospital, Emanuel Hospital, Smith Chevrolet, A Special Place and Federal Land Bank. Mabel loved being with her family and friends.

She leaves behind two children, Judy Hager of Turlock and Mike Baptista of Hughson; her sister, Wilda Rodgers of Placerville; four grandchildren, Heather Brandow of Fresno, Matthew Hager of Fresno, Devyn Baptista of Turlock, and Tyler Baptista of Hughson; and three great-grandchildren, Serenity, Landen and Parker Brandow, all of Fresno. She was preceded in death by brother Bill Beghtel, and sister, Mame Jaspar Burt, Fern Juliano, Alice Johnson and Arna Paul.

Remembrances may be sent to the Turlock FFA Roy and Mabel Baptista Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of THS FFA, 1600 E Canal Drive, Turlock, CA 95380.

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-Ceres Courier /March 17, 2010