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Temecula’s Mrs. Claus, Bea Taylor, dies; services set for Feb. 25


Last updated 1/25/2018 at Noon

Bea Taylor. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – Bea Taylor, known by thousands of Temeculans as “Mrs. Claus,” died Dec. 17, 2017 of a heart attack while recuperating from a broken ankle in Encinitas. Bea was 90 years young.

A celebration of her life will be held Feb. 25, 2 p.m. at the Temecula Community Center at 28816 Pujol St., Temecula.

Bea was born Beatrice May Dawson, March 9, 1927, in Ohio. Her parents Thelma and Frank later moved to Chula Vista, where they built a nursery business. Bea loved to dance and met her first husband Navy sailor Gardner Wade at a USO dance. They had two children, Vera and Bruce. The cou...

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