Daisy Bedell Jackson passed away at home with family in Elkins, Arkansas, on Sunday afternoon, November 13, 2016. She was 93 years and 7 months of age.
Daisy was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Alice Brewster and Richard Knight Bedell, on April 8, 1923. She spent most of her life in the greater New Orleans area, and she was truly a New Orleans Lady.
Daisy loved Jesus, her family, Christmas, giving gifts to others, and music.
New Orleans presented many musical opportunities for her. Daisy sang on the radio, and she won many dance competitions when she was young. She also sang many solo performances to audiences at City Park, Audubon Park and Werlein’s music store. Her mother taught her to waltz at age five, and the family had a player piano. In later life, she and her late husband, Paul Alexander Green, won a bottle of pink champagne for their dancing at a large family event. Her favorite singers were Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennett.
Daisy was very proud of her work as a telephone operator at the Walnut Exchange in New Orleans. Daisy often rode the cable cars when she was young, and in middle age, she loved to dress up and take her children to Canal Street to window shop and have lunch in one of the department stores and drug stores. Daisy loved soft-shell crabs, and told stories of finding them on the beaches of the Gulf coast.
Daisy was born during the year of Calvin Coolidge becoming president, was a child of the Great Depression, and was a young woman during World War II; and leaves behind a wonderful legacy of four generations, including three great-great grandchildren.
Daisy Bedell loved her family very dearly. In her last years, she spent many hours praying both day and night for her large family.
Daisy outlived all of her five sisters, Kathleen, Alice, May, Thelma and Mattie. Daisy is survived by her six children (and their families), Sandra Lee O’Farrell (Donald), Donald Ray Mullen (Sue Ann), Gordon Blake Green (Lynn), Erroll Wayne Green (Lucy), Karen Green Lewis (Bob), and Natalie Green Hibbard (Terry); her grandchildren, Beth O’Farrell, Barton O’Farrell, Amy Mullen, Scott Mullen, Steven Mullen, Alexander Green, Ellen Green, Peter Keyes, Jr., Stephanie Lewis, Christopher Butler, Dane Butler, Ashley Shaffer; and her many great and great, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Daisy often said during times of hardships, “This, too, shall pass”.
Daisy was an exceptional person, lived an extraordinary life, and is loved by many. She will never be forgotten, and we hope to see her again someday in Heaven.
Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2016 in Saint Bernard Memorial Gardens in Chalmette, Louisiana under the direction of Saint Bernard Memorial Funeral Home.
To view and sign the Family Guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com
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