Chapman celebrates at tea

"Do what you can for other people," is the advice of Beatrice Chapman - celebrating her 93rd birthday last week at the Greenwood Seniors Tea

Doreen Cave (left) congratulates Beatrice Chapman on her 93rd birthday.

Doreen Cave (left) congratulates Beatrice Chapman on her 93rd birthday.

Former Greenwood resident Beatrice Chapman’s return to the Greenwood Senior’s Centre for their Spring Tea last Friday, April 4 found the place filled to capacity.

As it turns out, Bea was born in Regina on April 4, 1921 so some special celebrations with cake and song were in order.

She told the Times that she’d had a teaching career on the coast working with kids who were then referred to as EMH kids (educationally and mentally handicapped). While listening to her reminiscing about her career it was evident that Bea was the perfect person for that job. She explained her philosophy as, “If you love them, they love you.”

Bea and her carpenter husband retired to Greenwood in 1981; he passed away in 1985. She now lives in Phoenix Manor (formerly Abbeyfield) in Grand Forks. She has three kids—one each for Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, she said.

When asked if she had any advice on how to make it to 93 she said, “Do what you can for other people and you will make it.”