Helen Bedwell


BRIGHTON — Laura Helen Bedwell, 84, of Brighton, formerly of Union County, died around midnight Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Select Specialty Hospital, Evansville, Indiana.

She was born June 21, 1935 in Cobden to Myrl Childers and Ethel Dover Childers Hancock.

Helen married Robert Dean Bedwell on Oct. 26, 1954, in Edwardsville and he preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Benton Hancock; and her sister, Donna Swink.

Helen was a fantastic cook and was known for her chicken and dumplings and her desserts. She went all out for holidays and especially Halloween when neighborhood children looked forward to her hot chocolate and homemade popcorn balls. She loved gardening, playing Bingo, spending time with her family and watching The St. Louis Cardinals.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Jim Kirkpatrick of Creal Springs, Joy and Philip Briggs of Manning, South Carolina, Mary and Kent Wells of Marion, Sharon and Don Schluter of Marion, and Melena Jockisch of Jerseyville; one son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Sheri Bedwell of Columbus, Mississippi; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Jonesboro Cemetery, with Pastor Don Schluter officiating. Burial will follow at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or your favorite charity in Helen's name.

Following the service, family will gather to remember Helen's life at New Horizons Church in Marion.

Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

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