Muriel Jean Kell, 1930-2016

Muriel Jean Kell, 1930-2016

Muriel Jean Kell passed away at her home in Stallion Springs, Tehachapi, on Nov. 25, 2016, with family by her side. She was 85 years old.

Muriel was born on Dec. 16, 1930, in Oak Park, Cook County, Ill., to parents Michael James and Annette Bondi. She was the youngest of six children, five girls and one boy. She grew up in the family home in Forest Park, Ill., as well as a summer cottage in Lake Michigan.

She married the love of her life, Norman Paul Kell, on Aug. 12, 1950. They had five children, Debi, Lori, Steve, April, and Sean. They resided in Carpentersville, Ill., until 1962, at which time they moved to California.

Muriel was a wonderful homemaker. Her many hobbies were outdoors, camping, gardening, home interior decorating, sewing, cooking, baking, family gatherings, and entertaining. She was the life of the party and loved to dance. She had an infectious smile, a love for life, natural beauty, and was always dressed to the nines. The unconditional love she had for her family was nothing but amazing.

Left to cherish her loving memories are daughter, Debi and husband, Jim Eaton; daughter, Lori Nelson; son, Steven Kell; and son, Sean and wife, Claudia Kell; granddaughters, Lindsay and Kalee Nelson, and Ashley Kell Eaton; grandsons, Taylor and Shane Kell, and Rich and Ryan and wife, Jessica Eaton; great-grandchildren, Nolan Clark, Ryan, Colten, and Lauren, Gavin, and Mason Eaton.

Muriel was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Annette Bondi; brother, Vincent; sisters, Winifred, Rosalie, Dolores, and Josephine; her husband and soul mate of 58 years, Norman Paul Kell; and loving daughter, April Kell.

We all will cherish the years and memories and the love we have for you. And you will live forever in the hearts of your family and friends.

The family would like to invite you to a Celebration of Life to be held on Dec. 17, 2016, at 1 p.m., at the home of Muriel Kell, 18140 Hambletonian Drive, Stallion Springs, Tehachapi. Arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. For condolences, please visit

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