Bon voyage, Bebe: launching a legend

By Mireille Rita Grovier, photo by Jay Grovier

In mid-August of this year, Bebe Kramer, who turns 93 years young in October, will be heading north of the border to California to launch a new phase in her exciting and productive life. Residents of San Miguel for 28 years, Bebe and her late husband, Phil, have been pillars of this community, contributing so much to its cultural growth and enhancement.

Bebe is a past president of the Lions Club and an active member of the Malanquin Book Club. She is presently a member of the board of the Jewish Cultural Center.

For many years, Phil served as treasurer of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, where both Kramers were avid supporters. Bebe’s continued enthusiastic support of Centro Infantil San Pablo prompted members and friends of St. Paul’s to honor her 90th birthday with a fundraising afternoon tea that provided considerable revenue for the school’s ongoing educational experiences.

Bebe is a fantastic and knowledgeable cook and at one point gave cooking lessons in her home. Until recently, trying to reach this lady on Wednesday afternoons was impossible. That was her poker day. The same futility applied to Ladies’ Tuesday Opera Club and Thursday afternoon Rummikub games.

Bebe has been an inspiration and an immense help to newcomers to San Miguel. Her invaluable information on all things pertaining to this community prompted one expatriate to assert that “Bebe” can only stand for “Bilingual Britannica.”

And so we say, “Bon Voyage, Bebe.” We love you. We’ll miss you so much. Stay well and stay in touch.


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