Program_B (Page 1) - Bea will be remembered
Beatriz “Bea” Corbera-Hammack
Beatriz Elena Corbera-Hammack was born on December 19, 1972 in El Salvador,
daughter of Maria Suarez and Victor Corbera. She spent much of her childhood in
El Salvador at the home of grandparents, Jose Arturo Corbera and Beatriz Aminta
Marin de Corbera. She was a mischievous little girl, one that could not be left alone,
and was appropriately nicknamed “terramoto” (translated as “earthquake” in English)
by her Uncle Ricardo. As a young child, she loved going to the amusement park,
El Mundo Feliz, and climbing trees, much to the dismay of her parents. Her grandparents sent her to school at the Colegio Anglo Americano so she could learn English.
She arrived in the United States at age nine and lived with her father Victor and his
new family in Los Angeles. As a teenager in Los Angeles, she delighted in ballet,
karate, swimming, the cello … and tormenting her brothers,Victor and David.
Beatriz moved to San Francisco in 1988 with her mom. She attended the first year of
high school at McAteer and the last two at International Studies Academy. There, she
made many friends and was a member of the volleyball and cross country teams.
Shortly before her high school graduation, she and her mom moved to Berkeley.
Around this time, Beatriz’s mom became very ill with Lupus. This was also when she
met her then future husband, James Hammack, while hanging out with friends in San
Francisco. With her mom so ill, Beatriz devoted her life to taking care of her. She
enrolled at Vista Community College, taking classes in Business, Spanish, and other
general electives, but her main mission in life was always her mom. This kept her
preoccupied while Jim was finishing his studies at USC until 1995.
Beatriz and Jimmy were married on August 10, 1996 at the Tulip Garden in Golden
Gate Park. They spent their first year and half of their marriage in a modest one bedroom apartment on Monterey Boulevard in San Francisco. Here, they spent some of
their happiest and most carefree moments.
Jim and Bea purchased their first home in Berkeley in the summer of 1998. They
lived there for three years. Her mom lived with them in the back cottage. Shortly
after moving to Berkeley, Bea was diagnosed with Lupus. She resigned her position
at Providian Financial Corp., and she and Jim focused on trying to beat this disease.
During these years, she forged a strong bond with all of her siblings,Victor, David,
Ricky and her baby sister, Nena. The disease never prevented her from enjoying the
finer things in life, her friends, her family, her cats, Max and Tita.
in loving memory of
In 2001, Jim, Bea, her mom, and Gerard, moved to El Sobrante, a peaceful town away
from the hustle and bustle of the City. Here, she became the proud owner of Willy,
the healing gecko; and Valentine, the mix-breed puppy rescued from the Humane
Society; as well as Bonnie and Clyde, the two water turtles. Caring for animals, and
spending precious time with her husband and mom added much joy to her life.
Beatriz Elena Corbera-Hammack
Her final days were spent surrounded by all of her loved ones, even her gecko Willy.
May her spirit live within us forever.
12 / 19 / 1972 - 4 / 19 / 2005
We sorrow, but not as those who have no hope.
We grieve, but not as those who center their thoughts on death.
We sense loneliness, but not as those who are left alone.
We thank you, God, that even in separation,
we experience love, peace, and hope.
Before you the generations pass.Your character is love,
your way is compassion,your name is everlasting.
Today we remember Beatriz who lived, labored, and loved among us.
Because of her life, we know better how to live.
Because of her life, we find greater strength.
Because of her death, we better understand
what is important in life.
Scripture Reading of Psalm 23
O God, grant us grace to affirm in life, as in death,
that we are yours. Our help is in you.
Our hope is in your promise, through Jesus Christ, our loving Lord. AMEN.
Hymn - “When Peace Like a River”
sung by congregation
Time for Open Sharing
Poem - “Did Not Die”
read by david corbera
Do not stand at my grave and forever weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumnís rain.
When you awaken in the morningís hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and forever cry.
I am not there. I did not die.
- Melinda Sue Pacho
opened by tim lockie
led by pastor tim otto
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present
time are notworthy to be compared with the glory
which shall be revealed in us.
1 Corinthians 13
Love is long suffering, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not selfseeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
“Love is All Around”
performed by aron goeke
Hymn - “Amazing Grace”
sung by congregation
pastor tim otto
pastor tim otto
“Itsumo Nando-Demo” (“Always With Me”)