For many who visited her, there was a likely chance that they would leave the home of Mama Beatrice Cherotich Chepkurui Kapsoot with something of value- an encouragement from the scriptures, a word of advice on education or just a smile after she created time for you.
As an educationist she touched and changed many lives and as church leader she was a guiding light to not only members of her church but the body of Christ in its entirety.
Mama Beatrice who was born on June 1949 in Chemses Village, Chemoge Sub -location, Chemoge location, Mt. Elgon to the late Mzee Naibei Chepkorom and Mama Julia Maua was a trail blazer in that at an age when girls were never known to pursue education seriously, she scaled the heights and managed to make monumental achievements in not only education but politics as well.
Mama Beatrice began her education at Chemoge Primary School in 1958 from standard one to standard four after which she was transferred to Kapsokwony Primary School from class four to class eight. She excelled and proceeded to Lugulu Girls High School 1967 for her secondary education form one to form six and awarded the East African Certificate of Education (EACE) after which she joined Kenyatta University College at the Teacher Education Department (TED) where she qualified as an S1 teacher. With this qualification she was promoted to an Approved Teacher Status (ATS) in 1985.During her working life she also attended several training courses in Management, administration at Kenya Education Staff Institute (KESI).
Between 1974 and 1978, Mama Beatrice worked as a teacher at Kibuk Girls Secondary School where she taught English and Physical Education (PE). In 1978 she was promoted to become Head Mistress where she served until 1994.
In 1994 she was appointed the Education Officer in charge of Secondary School administration in the then Mt. Elgon District based at the District Headquarters in Kapsokwony where she served until 2004. It is in 2004 that she was recognized for her outstanding and distinguished services she had rendered to the nation and was awarded a Head of State’s Commendation (H.S.C.) Civilian Division by H.E President Mwai Kibaki.
In August 1991 Mama Beatrice was elected Vice Chairperson of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) Western Chapter. Between 1986 and 1994, she served as the Chair Lady of the KANU Maendeleo Ya Wanawake, Mt. Elgon Sub-District and Treasurer for Bungoma District. She was also the chairperson of the Kenya Red Cross Mt. Elgon District and Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Mt. District Hospital.
She was married to Prof. Peter Kapsoot in 1971 at the Friends Church Kaptama and they were blessed with six children; Daniel Mosobo, Christine Chemtai, Maurice Chepkurui, Esther Chebet, Sammy Psamiy and the late Faith Cherop. Mama Beatrice was blessed with 9 grandchildren.
She was mother in law to Margaret Ngigi, Linda Chepkurui, Esther Yego, Duncan Korir and Winnie Baraza.
Her siblings were John Lemuso, Eunice Chemulwo Kaptoo, Judith Simotwo, Fangaline Psenjen, the late Leah, Boiyo Naibei, the late Kelly Chepkain, Hellen Tengan and Jane Kapoloman. She was Daughter in-law to the late Assistant Chief Maurice Chepkurui and the late mama Dinah Chepkurui.
Mama Beatrice lived a healthy life until the year 2000 when she fell ill. Her health gradually deteriorated until the 3rd of September when she succumbed to a cardiac arrest
Mama Beatrice was a remarkable hard-working woman who was passionate and never waned in her support or love of her family. She always soldiered on even when times were tough. She was a mentor to many. During her life she was a pillar of strength and a role model to her children and grand children. She was also philanthropic person who educated, fed and accommodated children from different backgrounds in the community. Mama Beatrice was also strict disciplinarian.
We may no longer see her physically but we know she is watching over us. We thank you for everything you’ve given us – and the warmth we shared during your precious time on earth. God bless you. Always.
Those we love never die, they dwell in our hearts .In our hearts you remain forever. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations, Psalms 100:5
To God, for the Long life He gave Mama Beatrice.
To the Friends Church for prayers and general support.
To the family, friends, relatives, neighbours and all well-wishers for prayers, financial and material support.