Beth Chapman Will Be Honored With 2 Memorial Services
By Scott Baumgartner
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Beth Chapman, the late star of Dog's Most Wanted, will be honored with two memorial services in the coming days.
Her family spoke with Hawaii News Now on Thursday where her husband, Duane "Dog" Chapman, revealed their plans to have two separate events honoring the life of the family’s matriarch. One will be held in Hawaii and one will be in Colorado.
"We would like to do some sort of water paddle out, we know that for sure," Chapman’s daughter, Lyssa Chapman, said alongside her father. "It actually makes us feel, you know, warm, to know how much our mother was loved."
The service in Hawaii, which is being given by her daughters, will be held first and is open to the public. The gathering will be on Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m. at Fort DeRussy Beach in Waikiki. The memorial will have a chant known as a Hawaiian 'Oli, a prayer and, as Lyssa hoped, a paddle out. Additionally, the family asks those in attendance to bring ocean-friendly loose flowers along in lieu of leis, which can be harmful to ocean life.
The event will be marked with the hashtag, #AlohaOeMrsDog. 'Oe means "you" in Hawaiian and it is customary to say "Aloha 'Oe" when saying farewell. A traditional song of the same name is often sung at Hawaiian parties and funerals, as well as when people are leaving the islands.
A spokesperson for the Chapman family tells ET that "Cecily and Lyssa Chapman invite the public to join the Chapman ʻOhana (family) for a gathering to honor Beth Chapmanʻs life. Beth had two homes -- Hawaii and Colorado. "I love Hawai'i the most," she said, "So she will be sent off in true Hawaiian style, with aloha."
As for the Colorado memorial service that will follow the Hawaiian gathering, this event will be held at Heritage Christian Church in Aurora, Colorado, on July 12 at 2 p.m. "Dog and the Chapman family invite all who wish to attend," reads the invite.
Additionally, ET can confirm that A&E, the network that created Dog the Bounty Hunter, intends to add a special "in memory of" title card for Chapman to end each episode of a Monday marathon.
"We are very saddened by the loss of Beth Chapman and our thoughts are with Dog and the entire Chapman family during this difficult time," A&E shared in a statement.
ET has also learned that WGNA will be airing Dog’s Most Wanted as planned and that the show remains in production.
"One of the last things she said [was], 'This is a test of my faith.' She had faith and then that was it," he said. "... There's things you go through when you're dying, like steps. Like you do when you lose someone. You get mad at them and then you go through all these steps. Well, the last step when you're dying is to accept it. And she said to me the other day, 'Honey, that last step I ain't taking.' Go Bethy."
"She did it her way. There's some things [I can't say], you know, I have a network and a contract, but there's some things that they predicted that the doctors ended up saying, 'We've never, ever seen anything like this,'" Duane said, referring to his WGN America reality show, Dog's Most Wanted, he also stated. "...She wanted to live so bad and she fought so long. And the reason she fought, she liked life, but she wanted to show people how to beat it and what to do when it got her."