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Betty Joyce (Hillis) Bedingfield

Betty Joyce (Hillis) Bedingfield

Betty Joyce Bedingfield


- September 9, 2019

Piedmont resident, Betty Joyce (Hillis) Bedingfield, 86, died at home Friday, September 6, 2019, after an extended illness. 

     She was born to Savada (Hyatt) Hillis and Arcie Wilson Hillis December 18, 1932, in Hazel Green, Montgomery County, AL, to a family of sharecroppers.  Joyce graduated from Central High School in McMinnville, TN, in 1950 and earned her Registered Nurse designation from Baptist College in Nashville, TN, in 1953.  She worked as an RN until her daughters were born, then became a full-time mother and homemaker.  She married John R. Bedingfield, Jr., in Charleston, SC, in 1963.  

     Joyce was fiercely independent and did not let an illness early in life stop her from reaching her goals.  She overcame many obstacles and persevered in a time that was not so easy for women.  While she loved working in the Operating Room and loved her family, she also enjoyed painting, quilting, drawing, writing poems, going to Deadwood with friends and family, volunteering as a poll worker in Piedmont, SD, playing Bridge with the Ruffs and Sluffs group, and observing the abundant wildlife from her sun porch in the Black Hills. 

     Joyce is survived by her husband of 56 years, John R. Bedingfield, Jr., MD, Piedmont, SD; brother, John T. Hillis, McMinnville, TN; daughters, Jennifer (David) Utter, Piedmont, SD, Jessica (Ted) Stefaniak, Green Bay, WI, and Jacqueline (Chris) Pinard, La Livinière, France; and grandchildren, Johnathon Utter, Piedmont, SD, and Sarah Stefaniak and Hannah Stefaniak of Green Bay, WI. 

     Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at Foothills Community Baptist Church in Piedmont with Pastor Robert Hower officiating.  Inurnment will be held at a later date at Black Hills National Cemetery. 

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Joyce Bedingfield Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 825 Saint Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701. 

     Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.



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