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PATRICIA JOAN BEDELLS

Patricia Joan Bedells

Patricia Joan Reed Bedells took her first earthly breath on June 28, 1935 and her last on February 3, 2021. She was surrounded by her family as she met her Savior face to face in worship and awe of HIM. Pat was a faithful and faith filled follower of Jesus Christ. Though she was the daughter of a Baptist pastor, she didn’t come to faith until her late thirties. She spent hours every day studying her Bible and in prayer. But it didn’t stop there. Her heart’s intentional drive to spread the good news of salvation sent her to many places most do not go. She went on mission trips to Mexico, she taught a women’s Bible study, she took her grandchildren and drove around Jackson with food, blankets and coats for the homeless, she served home baked cookies and the gospel with women who worked in area “adult clubs.” The list of her ministry is endless. Perhaps one of the most meaningful things she did was to dance in worship. She was part of a Creative dance team at her church. They went into the women’s prison to perform and present the ladies there with the plan of salvation. Pat always wanted to be sure they knew there was hope and forgiveness if they only asked. Her life verse is Romans 8:1 “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” She frequently talked to her family about the passion she had for ballet and ministry through dance. On the third of February she danced for and with Jesus.

The rest of Pat’s life was busy with family and work. She was born and raised in Anniston, AL until she married Philip D. Bedells in 1955. They spent the next 20 years in the military and moving often. Pat made a home for them and their two children in Puerto Rico, Virgina, Georgia, North Carolina, California, Indiana, Rhode Island, Florida and a few places in between while her husband was deployed in combat overseas. They retired in Clinton, Mississippi in 1973 and she worked as the bookkeeper for the City of Clinton for many years. When Pat retired from her municipal job, she started a whole new career as a secretary for her church, Cornerstone Church in Pearl, MS. Years later she retired from there, moved to Ridgeland, MS and joined Pinelake Church, Madison campus. Pat served on the Altar ministry, in the nursery and on the Pinelake Prayer team. She was very active in church and her favorite Monday morning Bible study which was not a part of her local church but included believers from all over the area. She has countless friends who have been like family to her. Too numerous to count or name in this writing. She loved hard. She prayed hard and she didn’t stop sharing the Gospel until her last breath.

Pat was selfless in her giving. She made sure her children and grandchildren knew how much they were loved. She was often seen at soccer, baseball, ballet, horse shows, plays, softball and choral performances in support of their endeavors. It was her special honor to make each of her granddaughters a custom wedding veil, intricately made with love and prayer.

Preceding her in death and welcoming her home were her parents Rev. Huey Reed and Irene Tyson Reed, her son-in-love Alan Nunnelee, and two of her babies, Gloria and Philip.

Survivors who had the blessing of her love include her daughter Tori Nunnelee Barber (Joe), Barry Reed Bedells (Karen), grandchildren Reed Nunnelee (Kemily), Sydney Bedells (Eric), Emily Nunnelee Thompson (Morris), Nathan Nunnelee (Colleen), Maegan Bedells, Natalie Bedells Alexander (Alex), Bari Kaitlyn Bedells Berry (Cody), Kathryn Barber, Callie Barber Jennings (Kyle) and Meredith Barber. Eleven great grandchildren and 3 more on the way this summer. Pat’s sister Diane Reed Wirz (Paul) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Pat had many friends whom she loved like family.


The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Bobby Graham, Dr. Michael Albert and the staff on 3 South at Baptist Hospital for taking such good care of Pat.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ballet Magnificat to spread the Gospel through dance.

Arrangements will be handled by Wright and Ferguson in Flowood, MS with a Celebration of Life service at Pinelake Church in Madison, MS on February 6 at 2:00 p.m. Immediately following the service the family will attend her graveside service at Raymond Cemetery in Raymond, MS.
Your love and support for Pat has blessed us all.

 



Patricia Joan Bedells
June 28, 1935 - February 3, 2021

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