Sarah-Jane Shields Bedwell
Published 12:38 pm Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Mrs. Sarah-Jane Shields Bedwell, 36, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018, at her home in Nashville, Tenn.. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oxford Church of Christ. A funeral service will immediately follow at 12:30 p.m., also at the Oxford Church of Christ. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Sarah-Jane graduated magna cum laude with a major in dietetics and minor in exercise science from Harding University. Sarah-Jane completed her dietetic internship, with an emphasis on medical nutrition therapy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Sarah-Jane served as a consultant for the food and beverage industry. She appeared on local and national media outlets providing upbeat nutrition related segments. She served as a media spokesperson for the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and was the recipient of the 2013 Media Excellence Award by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Sarah-Jane’s first book, “Schedule Me Skinny: Plan to Lose Weight and Keep it Off in Just 30 Minutes a Week,” was released in January 2014.
Sarah-Jane traveled around the world experiencing other cultures and cuisine. She studied abroad for a semester during college in the Tuscany region of Florence, Italy, as well as traveled all over Europe, Argentina, Central America and the Caribbean. Sarah-Jane was inspired to become a food lover and experiment in the kitchen, fusing the southern food of her roots with her travel experiences. Sarah-Jane enjoyed running and completed 4 marathons, cooking meals with her husband, Joe, and walking her two dogs, Inky and Buddy. Sarah-Jane was a follower of Christ and attended the Hillsboro Church of Christ, where she taught Sunday school and was active in the Friendspeak Program.
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Mrs. Bedwell is survived by her husband, Joe M. Bedwell of Nashville; her parents, Dr. Doug Shields, Jr., and Rebecca B. Shields, both of Oxford; her grandparents, Dr. Doug Shields, Sr., and Cora Beal Shields, both of Oxford; her mother-in law and father-in-law, Joe F. Bedwell and Connie Bedwell, both of Columbia, Tenn.; one sister, Laura A. Shields of Oxford; one brother, Bradley D. (Paige) Shields of Little Rock, Ark.; one brother-in-law, Adam (Tyler) Bedwell of Columbia; two sisters-in-law, Carrie (Drew) McCullough and Mary (David) Fields, both of Columbia; one niece and two nephews.
Mrs. Bedwell was preceded in death by her grandparents, Watson Bradley and Bertha Bradley.
Donations and memorials in honor of Mrs. Sarah-Jane Shields Bedwell may be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee (www.secondharvestmidtn.org/donate-now).
Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.