Shelley Denise Watkins Beddingfield was born on Saturday, December 27, 1952, to the late George and Lillian “Freda” Watkins in Washington, D.C. A true “city girl,” she grew up on her beloved Farragut Street and attended District of Columbia Public Schools including West Elementary, Gordon Junior High, and Theodore Roosevelt High School, before moving to Silver Spring, Maryland. She graduated from Northwood High School in 1970 and attended the University of Maryland.\n \nShelley, at 16 years old, met and became friends with Guthrie James (“Duffy”) Beddingfield, II. The two soon fell in love. They were married in Washington, D.C. on June 15, 1974. From this union, three children were born: James “Kriston”, Allison, and Kelley. They set their roots in Silver Spring to raise their family. Shelley focused on her family, church, and career, but later continued her education and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technology from Columbia Union College. Shelley worked in the private industry as a writer before her career advanced through Montgomery County Public Schools. She first became a technical writer, then a technology support specialist. Finally, she retired in 2010 as the Director of Instructional Technology. After retirement, she continued pursuing a master’s degree in Christian counseling. At the time of her passing, she was only five credits short of earning her advanced degree.\n \nShelley gave her life to the Lord at a very young age. She is a charter member of Evangel Cathedral, where she started attending through the youth summer program at Camp Adventureland. She began singing in the Ensemble, then later in the Evangel Temple choir. She counseled countless families and individuals through her devoted service as a deacon and minister.\n \nShelley was a faithful and devoted woman of God. She prayed diligently over her family and\nfriends daily. She was known to sing encouraging tunes every morning, and her children and\ngrandchildren will hold those notes and lyrics in their hearts for the rest of their lives. She was\nthe best of the best: wife, mother, grandmother, family member, and friend. Her legacy is strong and extensive. She will be missed beyond measure.\n \nShelley Denise Watkins Beddingfield entered eternal rest on Sunday, March 20, 2022. She was preceded in death by two of her sisters, Nicole Y. Powell, and Paulette I. Burt.\n \nShe leaves to cherish her memory her devoted husband Guthrie (“Duffy”) Beddingfield, of 47 years; three children, James “Kriston” Beddingfield (Donna), Allison Lea Geter (James), and Kelley Dominique Eiskant (Danny); one brother George “Pepe” Watkins; one sister Melodye Berry; seven grandchildren: Daniel James Eiskant, Chloë Pilar Geter, Michael Duane Eiskant, Brian George Eiskant, James “Christian” Geter, James “Kriston” Beddingfield, II, and Ellianna Pearl “Ellie” Beddingfield, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and church family.