May 13, 1919 ~ September 19, 2004
Helen Bedsworth, a resident of the South Bay for 60 years, died peacefully in her sleep at Little Company of Mary Hospital on Sunday afternoon, September 19.
Born Helen Marie Holm in Minnesota, and raised in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Bedsworth received a B.S. degree in microbiology from George Washington University in 1940. She met her husband Bill while working at the USO during World War II, and moved to the South Bay to marry him upon his discharge from the Marine Corps in 1944. The next year, they bought the house a block from El Comino College where she spent the rest of her life raising a family and the spirits of everyone she met.
She was active in PTA, Little League, and whatever interested her husband and children. Birthday cakes were always elaborately decorated and carefully customized, Halloween costumes were hand made, and school-shirts designed and sewn in Helenâ€™s living room.
She was a classically trained pianist and relaxed by playing Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven, and Liszt. But she preferred listening to Merle Haggard and Marty Robbins and was a country music fan to her dying day. She was also a devoted supporter of the Angels, Kings, and Mighty Ducks, attending professional sporting events well into her eighties. She and Bill traveled all over the world, but she much preferred hearing stories about othersâ€™ travels to recounting her own.
A friend to everyone she met, Helen succumbed to congestive heart failure, after fighting off multiple myeloma for eleven years. She is survived by the love of her life, Bill, her sister, Julianne (New Jersey), her sons, Bill II, a judge, (Laguna Beach), and Tom, an orthotist, (Riverside), six grandchildren, one great-grandson and a great-granddaughter due in December. Her wisdom and laughter will be missed every day.
A memorial service has been scheduled at McMillan-McCormick Mortuary, 1016 W. 164th Street, Gardena, 90247, (310) 329-6333, for 1:00 PM, Monday, October 4.
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