Maeona Bedker

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Maeona (Rezin) Bedker of Hernando, FL went home to be with her Heavenly Father on December 10, 2016 surrounded by her family at the age of 78. She was the first born child of Glendora (Browne) Rezin and was born in Detroit, MI.
Growing up her mother, two sisters and grandmother helped Mae developed a love of music as her family would often go to the Saturday matinee to see musicals. Her favorites they would go to over and over again. She enjoyed singing in the church choir and continued to do so throughout her life. Mae graduated from Denby High School in June 1956 where she had been a competitive swimmer as a teenager. She went to work for Michigan Bell and became an asset in the Engineering department. Playing on the Michigan Bell softball team and bowling with her husband and friends helped her maintain her competitive spirit. Bob, her husband of 55 years, shared a great love of all things sports throughout their lives together. They were constantly off and running from one sports event to another and never tired of the pace and thrills. When they were first married they would spend weekend nights competing at couples bowling with first prize being the night's tab. Since they always won, they were often banned from local bowling alleys for months at a time.
The greatest joy of Mae's life was the birth of her daughter Victoria Lynn. They were very close throughout her life and shared a lot of great memories together: making matching Easter dresses, preparing and attending many dance recitals, going on epic quests together to look for that perfect pair of shoes and picking who was the cutest athlete at the World Series and Super Bowl each year. Mae always had a favorite good looking athlete picked out, no matter the sport.
Mae attended Charity Lutheran Church in Detroit, MI, Christ the King Lutheran Church in Holliston, MA and First Lutheran Church in Inverness, FL where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Her church was a big inspiration to her and her faith was strong. Mae always enjoyed being part of the musical celebrations at Christmas including the bell choir. Mae had retired from Dean College's Dance and Theater department in 1993. While at Dean she contributed to many of the dancing programs and was able to connect with young dancers with a shared love for music and dance. Not many know that Mae was quite the tap dancer back in the day. She attended many concert series, performances andmusicals over the years including a recent surprise birthday gift to see Jim Brickman.
After retiring Mae and Bob moved to Hernando, FL and build their dream house on the Oaks Golf Course. Mae enjoyed gardening, being active in golf, bowling and her memberships in the Citrus Hills Choir, Women's Club and Red Roses chapter of the Red Hatters. When Mae traveled away from home she enjoyed road trips, cruises, river boats andotheradventures near and far with her sisters and daughter. Mae traveled to Alaska, parts of Europe including Germany and the Caribbean. She even made it to St. Andrews golf course in Scotland with her husband and took up golf shortly after that trip. When Mae wasn't traveling and had her sisters visiting, within minutes of their arrival Mae whisked them off to Bealls hunting down the latest fashion. There was always a competition to see who could "save" the most money on that day's adventure by getting the best deals or earning the Bealls bucks. Everyone who works at Bealls knew Mae by name and always enjoyed when she arrived with her 2 sisters and daughter in tow.
Mae is survived by her husband Bob (Robert), her daughter & best friend Victoria Phillips, her son-in-law David Phillips of Inverness, FL, her sisters Charlene Penz & her brother-in-law Robert of Shelby Township, MI, Beverly Rezin of Warren, MI and her sister-in-law Mary Moreau of Shelby Township, MI. She is loved and remembered by many nieces, nephews and longtime friends. Mae was preceded in death by her mother Glendora (Browne) Rezin and her niece Karen "KK" (Penz) Kwast.
Mae will be cremated and a memorial service / celebration of life will be held in the New Year at the First Lutheran Church of Inverness, FL. In lieu of flowers Mae's family asks that memorial donations be made to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast www.hospiceofcitrus.org or the www.alz.org. Mae wanted to thank all her caregivers (Shannon & Mel and those at rehab and at hospice who helped with her struggles with Alzheimer's. Please sign her guest book to leave online condolences at www.legacy.com.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Dec. 25, 2016
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