Jessie Estelle Breytspraak
Jessie Estelle Breytspraak was born on November 5, 1931 in Teaneck, New Jersey to Edward R. and Estelle nee Fastbender, Boyd. She died on February 12, 2020 in Santa Barbara, California of natural causes.
After her father’s death in 1938, Jessie and her brother lived with relatives until their mother’s remarriage. She and her brother then spent most summers at summer camp and winters at boarding schools.
She graduated in 1949 from Kemper Hall Episcopal School for girls in Kenosha, Wisconsin and briefly attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
In 1950 she married William Vaile Culver (deceased) in Anchorage, Alaska. Jessie is survived by their two children, Jeffry William (Linda) Culver and Susan Gale Culver.
After a divorce in 1974 she moved to Santa Barbara where she married her high school sweetheart, George Merrick Breytspraak (deceased) with whom she spent 40 special years. They owned and operated Glamour House, a well-known and popular lingerie store in Montecito Village for 26 years.
They enjoyed cruising, road trips across the country with their two dogs to visit family and friends and spending weekends at their Cambria, California home.
Jessie was a prominent volunteer in the community: five years with the County Animal shelter and DAWG; Recording for the Blind; Pet Therapy; and later she served as a chaplain’s assistant with Spiritual Care. In addition, she was a weekly fixture for many years serving as a volunteer in the office of Trinity Episcopal Church. She and George sang together in the Trinity choir as well. Jessie and George were especially familiar faces at Trinity Backstage productions. Jessie’s baked goods were infamous – especially her coconut cake.
All Jessie’s dogs were rescues and much loved. Little ‘Joey’ was her constant companion during her later years living at Valle Verde retirement community, in Santa Barbara.
Along with her two children she is survived by four grandchildren; Michael (Kelly) Fish; Lesley Anne nee Culver, Arthurs; Matthew (Heather) Fish; Katherine nee Fish, (Michael) Perry; and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Edward R. (Mary Kay) Boyd, Jr., her very special niece, Sarah nee Boyd, (Jeff) Chester, a great-nephew, five stepchildren. and many, many loving, supportive church family members.
Memorial services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers please support Trinity Episcopal Church and their Outreach programs, 1500 State Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101; or Santa Barbara Humane Society, 5399 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara, California 93111.