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Life wasn't the same for Betty "Sis" Draper after she lost her husband of 58 years to lung cancer two years ago.

"A lot of people don't even live 58 years," Sis Draper said at the time of Stan. "No guy loved his wife like he loved me. ... We were always together."

Mrs. Draper was 79 when she died June 4.

 

Stan and Sissy Draper

Betty "Sis" Draper, who died last week, lost Stan, her husband of 58 years, two years ago.

 

"It's been really hard for her. She died of a broken heart, I think," said her niece, Dee Muratore.

On Thursday, Stan and Sis Draper will be remembered together at a memorial service at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church on Cantova Way. The service begins at 2 p.m.

A native of San Francisco, Mrs. Draper was one of seven children born to Bess and Leon Houghton.

Growing up in the same neighborhood, the Drapers knew each other from the time they were 7.

"Nobody was from a wealthy family back then," said the couple's only child, Ron Draper, after his father died.

Stan Draper left home when he was 14 or 15 and ended up working in Oregon. When he returned a few years later, he and Sis got back together. After she objected to the way he dressed, Stan disappeared for a few weeks and returned wearing a sailor's uniform. He served two years overseas during World War II. The couple married after his return.

They moved to Rancho Murieta from the Bay Area 20 years ago after Mr. Draper retired for the second time. "He was a truck driver, a Teamster, for most of his life. And then he retired once, got bored and went into real estate," said Ron Draper. "They wanted to live on a golf course. ... The cost of living (in Rancho Murieta) was fairly inexpensive, housing was inexpensive. When you bought a house you had a (golf) membership."

Mr. Draper taught his wife to play golf and they played together often. Both were active in golf groups at the Country Club.

Dee and Rich Muratore moved here after his parents introduced them to the community, and they often joined them for golf, Ron Draper recalled.

In addition to golf, Mrs. Draper enjoyed playing cards with her neighbors and her many friends.

Mrs. Draper is survived by Ron and his wife Martha, her brother, Jack Houghton, brother-in-law Ivan Nealon, and many nieces and nephews.

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