Born September 27, 1934, Blanche Bebb passed away on March 10, 2018 at the age of 83. She lived for years on Chenery Street, near the corner of Diamond, with her daughter Karen and granddaughter Jenna, and was a constant presence at the bookshop from the day it opened until a stroke made it impossible for her to stay in her apartment. Even then, she came back to visit whenever she could.
Blanche found herself in Las Vegas while still in her early twenties; she hoped to make money and go back to New York to have her own theater. She and first husband, Hewing Brunson, had three daughters, but his gambling addiction made the relationship impossible and they divorced, making Blanche a single mother for a few years. She fell in love Douglas Bebb, also a casino worker (she was a cocktail waitress), and had a son with him once they moved to San Francisco in the ’60s, drawn by this city where they could protest the Vietnam war and have a better life by the ocean in a more progressive city.
From early on, in the ferment of the 1960s and on through the next several decades, Blanche was a union and social justice activist and advocate. She put herself through night school to become an xray technician and started working at Kaiser SF. She soon became an SEIU union representative and helped many people get their jobs back and led many a strike. She was on the committee to get safer needles and helped start the first AIDS ward at Kaiser. She also joined the Fort Point Gang, a union leaders group, and became a proud member of Grandmothers for Peace, protesting with Martin Sheen and others to stop The School of the Americas and more. She was a member fighting on the South Africa divestment campaign, went to South Africa and heard Nelson Mandela speak. She was there for the first black vote.
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