January 17, 1936 – Sunday, August 31, 2014
Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Barbara Ann (Nevitt) Bedeau passed away on August 31, 2014 at her home with her loving family. Barbara was born on January 17, 1936 in White Earth, MN to Viola (Nickaboine) and Donald Nevitt.
She attended school in Waubun, MN and graduated in 1954. After graduation she served in the Women’s Army Corp from 1954 to 1957. She was stationed at Ft. Leonardwood, MO and in Germany.
Barbara raise three sons and two daughters from her first marriage to Joe W. Murphy. They are Jeff Murphy, Forest Lake, MN, Ted Murphy, St. Croix Falls, WI, Vince (Allie) Murphy of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mary (Ross) Hoffman, Burnsville, MN, Karen (Ron) Degerstrom, Minneapolis, MN. She has five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Barbara was a den mother, car pooled her children everywhere and made many many school lunches.
She is survived by two sisters, Muriel (Raul) Alvarez, Waubun, MN and Esther Jacobson, Colorado Springs, CO. Barbara worked as an advocate for Native American students for fourteen years, preparing them for graduation and on to a higher education. She retired from the Robbinsdale School District #281, MN in 1996. In her retirement she enjoyed being with her family, friends, going “Up North” and trips to the casinos. She was an advocate for good health and participated with the Wisdom Steps program and enjoyed going to the conferences.
On March 16, 1981 Barbara married the love of her life Joe Bedeau in Las Vegas, NV. Joe passed away in January, 2011. They loved to travel.
She is preceded in death by parents, sister Patricia Warren and brother Wayne Alexander and devoted husband Joe Bedeau.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 10 at the Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis, MN. from 11am to 1:30 pm. Another memorial service and feast will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Waubun Community Center, Waubun, MN from 1pm to 4pm.
Private interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Bless the memory of Barbara Ann Bedeau.