Patti Nelms Bedford, wife to David Bedford, mother to Beau, Rachel and Alexis Bedford and daughter of Dewey and Doris Nelms, went to meet her Savior on Saturday, March 3. Patti leaves a legacy of boldness, sincerity, compassion and most of all, love.
Patti was born on July 18, 1952, in Sweetwater, TX. She was a bubbly and energetic child, earning her the name “Chatty Patti” at Goddard HS in Roswell, NM. Patti grew to be beloved and praised in her community for her many accomplishments and infectious personality, eventually earning her the title of Homecoming Queen. Patti went on to receive a scholarship to Southern Methodist University, where she graduated with a BA in English. With her beauty, intelligence and poise, Patti also won the title of Miss New Mexico, and placed 12th overall in the Miss America Pageant in 1973.
After college, Patti attended Walnut Hill United Methodist Church where she met the love of her life, David Bedford. After she and David were married, she came to know Christ as her personal Savior, and from there her ministry began. During this time, Patti and David also started Bedford Advertising and successfully grew their business for the next 30+ years. In 1983, Patti became a mother with her first son Beau, followed by Rachel and Alexis. During this time, Patti ministered to countless people through prayer, counseling and spiritual guidance, helping so many through their darkest times without judgment or condemnation.
Patti became a grandmother in 2005, welcoming Boston Lee, Beau’s son. Her family was her greatest joy in the earthly world, and she blessed each and every member in a way that cannot be replicated. She will be greatly missed by all and leaves one of the purest examples of how to live and love fully through Christ, our Lord. She is survived by her husband, David Bedford; mother, Doris Nelms; brothers, Russell and Fielder Nelms; children, Beau, Rachel and Alexis Bedford; and grandson, Boston Lee Akin.
A viewing and visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Sparkman Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 6. A funeral service will take place Wednesday, March 7 at First Baptist Church of Dallas at 11 a.m. Please send all memorial donations to Christ for the Nations Church 3404 Conway Street Dallas, TX 75224.