SOUTHBURY — Beatrice A. Rupp was welcomed through heaven’s gate on September 1, 2021, into the arms of her Savior Jesus.
Bea was born ion May 31, 1919, in Devon, to James and Jane Hyndman, who immigrated from Scotland with six children. Five more, including Bea, were born in the new country where they chose to raise their family, America.
As parents, Jim and Jane taught their children to live with gratitude, love for Jesus and respect for each other. After graduating from Milford High School, Bea worked for Singer in Bridgeport. Eventually she fell in love with and married Edward R. Thorn.
They became parents to a son Robert and a daughter Mary Jane. Sadly, Eddie passed away at age 33 after a long illness. Several years later, Bea was married again to the Rev. Monroe Rupp. Shortly after the marriage, they moved to Greenfield, Mass., where Rev. Rupp pastored a C&MA church.
After his retirement they moved again to Toccoa Falls, Ga., where Bea worked as secretary to the dean of students at Toccoa Falls Institute. After her retirement, they enjoyed their time together living on the campus of the school.
Unfortunately, once again tragedy struck Bea when, in the early morning hours of November 6, 1977, an earthen dam above the falls burst, releasing 176 million gallons of water through the campus. Thirty-nine men, women and children lost their lives that morning, including Monroe. Bea survived, but with serious injuries. Once again Bea’s strong faith in Jesus brought her through.
There were many joyful and exciting times for Bea also, including trips to Germany and through Europe visiting her stepson Monroe and his wife, Carol. Another trip brought her to Irian Jaya on the island of New Guinea to visit stepdaughter Margaret, a missionary nurse.
Besides her two husbands Bea was predeceased by five brothers, four sisters and two stepdaughters.
She is survived by her son, Robert; his children, Robert, Jr., and Michelle (Evan) Wheeler; her daughter, Mary Jane (Gary); sister, Ruth; stepson, Monroe; stepdaughters, Eleanor, Mary and Mabel; step-grandchildren, Chad, Shannon, Janet, Pamela, Jonathan, Sue, Jennifer, Dawn, Diane, Dale, John, Jan, Joy and Jill; 34 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no service. According to her last wish to help her fellow man, her body was donated to Yale School of Medicine.
Donations may be made in her name to ECAD, a nonprofit organization that trains and places service dogs with veterans and children with disabilities, at ECAD, P.O. Box 831, Torrington 06790
The family wishes to thank the staff of River Glen in Southbury for devoted care and concern for her well being.