Eleanor Goding Bedley

Born: Thu., Sep. 25, 1930
Died: Sun., Mar. 21, 2010

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Eleanor Mae Goding Bedley, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, died on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at the age of 79 at her residence in Greensboro surrounded by loved ones. She was born in South Portland, Maine on September 25, 1930, the daughter of the late Zerfea and Wilfred Goding. She graduated from Woburn High School in Woburn, Massachusetts and married her high school sweetheart, Ralph Aubrey Bedley, sixty-two years ago and had six children. In Reading and Westboro, Massachusetts, she was the owner of Greenhouse Plantations specializing in growing sweet peas and carnations. In 1973 the family moved from Reading, Massachusetts to Georgia with the Delta/Northeast merger living in Fayetteville, Griffin and retiring to Lake Oconee in 1999. For a number of years, she and her husband owned and operated Yule Tree Christmas Farm in Griffin, Georgia, where she was an active member of the Georgia Christmas Tree Association. After retiring to Lake Oconee, she became a volunteer for the Lake Oconee Humane Society and dedicated many hours assisting with fund raising events. She was of the Methodist Faith. She loved traveling, boating, reading and spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband, Ralph Bedley of Greensboro, GA, Eleanor is survived by two daughters, Nancy Bedley Tkaczuk of Roswell, GA and Donna Richards and husband Anthony of Brooks, GA; three sons, Jack Bedley of Fayetteville, GA, Thomas Bedley and wife Laura of Fayetteville, GA and Richard Bedley of Eatonton, GA; daughter-in-law, Ginny Bedley of Buckhead, GA; a brother, Gilbert Goding and wife Joan of Manchester, NH; sister-in-law, Sally Harvey of Athol, Massachusetts; fifteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Philip Scott Bedley of Buckhead, GA, sister, Nancy Goding; and brother, Wilfred Goding both of Woburn, Massachusetts.

Graveside services will be held Friday, March 26, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Brooks Memorial Cemetery in Brooks, GA with Pastor Rooney Wilson officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday, March 25, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home. The family requests that memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Paschal and Judy Brewer
   Posted Mon March 22, 2010
Judy and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Eleanor. We have many fond memories of her at Christmas Tree Meetings. May God bless and keep you. Paschal and Judy Brewer

Rob Petry
   Posted Tue March 23, 2010
Ralph, I am sorry to hear about your loss. She was always so nice to visit with at the meetings and keep us in line. I miss seeing you. Rob

Pat and Monty Montgomery
   Posted Tue March 23, 2010
To the family, Monty and I send our condolences on the loss of your wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a delightful person who loved her family completely. One did not have to be around her long to figure that out. Our prayers and blessings are with you all.

Earl and Esther Worthington
   Posted Tue March 23, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. We have good memories of you two.

   Posted Wed March 24, 2010
Mom,you were the best "Mom"-mother-in-law a girl could ask for and of course the best"nana" I will sadly miss you. I will always treasure the time we spent together,Christmas shoppping,selling trees and cruising....I know you are in a better place than we are here on Earth and we will all be reunited one day and it will be glorious!!!!

Jan Teems
   Posted Wed March 24, 2010
Ralph,Nancy,Donna,Tom,Jack,Richard,and family. My heart is saddened to hear of you loss. I have such fond memories of Eleanor. She always called or wrote to ask how Robbie was doing. She was a wonderful grandmother to him. May the pain you are feeling today, soon be replaced with the sweet, wonderful,& warm memories you have with her. My deepest sympathy, Jan Teems (Rob's Mom)

Susan Goding Callahan
   Posted Wed March 24, 2010
Dear Bedley Family, I was sorry to hear that Auntie Eleanor has passed away. The ones we love are never gone, they live within our hearts. May the lifetime of memories provide you with strength and comfort during this difficult time. Susan Goding Callahan