Beatrice ‘Bea’ Bowisby has been a fixture in the business scene in Manteca since 1961. Certainly unique among women in 1961, were those who chose to start their own business. Along with her husband, she established Tipton’s Stationery and Gifts, Inc. and has continued to develop the store, which has become one of Manteca's outstanding enterprises. Bea continues to work six days a week. In the early years, she raised her two children, much of the time with both children, ‘behind the counter’.
Away from work, Bea always found time to volunteer. Her devotion to Manteca Soroptimist International is well known throughout the community. She has held the offices of President. Vice President, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer and is currently serving as Delegate and Assistant Treasurer. She has continually worked behind the scene to support many past presidents and committee chairpersons whenever and wherever needed.
Beatrice ‘Bea’ Bowlsby has seen the community change greatly since 1961. Through hard work and volunteerism she has many devoted customers and friends. She continues to support many community efforts such as local schools, scouting groups, the Boy’s and Girls Club, Venture Club, and the diverse projects and efforts of Soroptimist International of Manteca. Through her support of activities she helps carry out Soroptimist’s mission statement, which is to make a difference in the lives of women and girls in the local community and throughout the world.
As a pioneer in the business scene in Manteca, along with he many contributions and support of community organizations Bea’ Bowlsby is well deserving of the election into the Manteca Hall of Fame.