We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Pinello Funeral Home
Mildred Johnson Bedell, 93, died Sept. 9, 2022, at Reflections Memory Care in Port Orange after a long illness.
Mrs. Bedell, a retired nurse, was born Feb. 27, 1929, in Flagler County to Josephine and Henry Johnson. She was the youngest of two children. She was predeceased by both parents and her brother Harold. While she was growing up, the family moved to Daytona Beach in 1935. She attended Campbell Senior High. After high school graduation, she worked briefly in the food service industry.
She met and married Gordon Bedell in 1960. The couple subsequently relocated to New York City, where she was employed as a supervisor of environmental services at Roosevelt Hospital for almost 20 years. She returned to Volusia County in 1979 and enrolled in nursing classes at the Daytona Beach Community College, now Daytona State College. She completed the licensed practical nursing program and went to work at Halifax Medical Center, where she specialized in the OB/GYN wing. She worked there for 20 years before retiring in 2000.
After she retired, Mrs. Bedell busied herself with community service groups such as the Senior Saints and the Daytona Beach Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. She attended New Life Church Ministries, Holly Hill, for many years and served as an usher. She also was a member of the National Nurses Association. In her spare time, she liked to travel, read and listen to music. She also was known for making an awesome pistachio cake.
Mrs. Bedell was the mother of three: daughters Odessa Berry (Johnny) and Patricia Winston (Timothy) and one son, Gerald B. Jackson, who predeceased her in death in 2018. She also leaves to mourn her passing her grandchildren: Tina Knibbs, Adrienne Patterson, Monica Patterson, and Johnny R. Patterson II , all of Daytona Beach; as well as great-grandchildren Jasmine Adams, Brandi Murray and Thomas Markel Seals; and four great-great grandchildren.
The staff of Pinello Funeral extends their sincere condolences to the family of Ms. Bedell.