Kelly Van Cameron

March 16, 1976November 17, 2021

Kelly Van Cameron, 45, of El Dorado, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, November 17th, 2021. Kelly was born on March 16th, 1976 in New Orleans to Melinda Godsey and Steve Cameron. Kelly was a greatly skilled and creative artist whose work can be found in many different locations throughout the state of Arkansas. She continued her mother’s artistic legacy by absorbing and recreating the skill she exemplified. Kelly was also a police officer in the town of El Dorado, AR, for approximately 10 years and was known as “Mama Kel” to her coworkers as well as the children she helped in her time at the department. Kelly was a well-known individual and her family and friends loved her to the day she passed. Kelly was also an animal lover that often took care of rescues and facilitated the finding of homes for animals that didn’t have one. Throughout her life she was deeply passionate and unbelievably hilarious. She loved her son to the utmost degree, which she never once let anyone forget about. Kelly lived many lifetimes in her 45 years, with countless different stories to prove it. Kelly and her energy will be deeply missed.

Kelly was preceded in death by her mother Melinda Godsey. Survivors include her son Jace Van Cameron of Batesville, her father & step-mother, Steve & Celeste Cameron of Hot Springs, her sister Courtney Cassinelli of Little Rock, her niece and nephew Cate & Cameron Cassinelli of Little Rock, and her step-father William Paul Godsey of El Dorado.

Funeral Services will be held at 1p.m. Monday, November 22nd, 2021 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in El Dorado, AR, followed by visitation in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the UCAPS, of El Dorado AR. Address: P.O. Box 204, El Dorado, AR 71730. Website:

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Buck Hadlock

November 24, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of this. Kelly and I had some good laughs together while she stayed in Rogers, Ar. I'll be praying for the family.

Lynette Townley

November 24, 2021

Heaven gained a beautiful soul. I’m so very sorry I couldn’t help you. I tried! We talked for a couple hours on Tuesday. You expressed your feelings to me. I’ll never forget you. You had a heart of gold. Fly high beautiful! Until we meet again, I love you ❤️

Dawn Darling

November 24, 2021

Kelly was a dear friend of mine. I just found out about her passing. So sad to hear and prayers go out to the family. Kelly and I laughed and cried a lot together. She brought a lot of joy into my life. I knew a lot of her struggles but also knew the love she had for caring about those people around her. She loved her animals!! I will miss our talks and that beautiful ancient she had with the southern twang. I love you Kelly! RIP my beautiful Kelly! ❤️❤️‍🩹💐

Marla “Bryant” Hill

November 22, 2021

It was not long after that Kelly and I met at Rogers Jr. High, that she became one of my best friends. There are so many wonderful memories that I will always cherish. Even though years would pass between seeing each other as adults, when we did run into each other, she still was the same Kelly as if no time had passed. Praying for God’s peace and love to comfort Kelly’s son, family, and friends during this time and all the days ahead. I love you, Kelly. May you Rest In Peace❤️

Keith Brown

November 20, 2021

Prayers to Steve and his family.

Sharon Berry

November 20, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Praying for friends and family

Jan White

November 20, 2021

My deepest sympathies to you Steve
and Celeste and the entire family. May God surround you all with His Love.

Nancy Whitmore

November 20, 2021

I first met Kelly when she started to college at SouthArk. She was in my health class and sat in the front of the room. I got to talk to her quite often and hear her interacting with others in the room. I liked her immediately. She was smart and funny, and so beautiful! Since then, almost 30 years ago, we would run into each other in El Dorado. I was so impressed when she became a policewoman. She was a natural.
I was so happy for her when she had her precious little boy. By then, Facebook had come along and I got to see her and what she was doing even more often. She loved her little boy and was so proud of him. I am proud of him, too. We all got to watch him grow up!
My friend, Vicki called one day needing help because her car battery was dead. She was stranded, not far from our houses.
I drove to Risinger's because that is where I go for car things, and there was Kelly. She stopped what she was doing and followed me to Vicki's car and helped us jump it off and get it started. We took a selfie with her and posted it on Facebook. Vicki and I were so happy to see Kelly, one of our former students and visit with her.
Kelly was so brave when her Mom got sick and then she went through her surgeries. At that time and since then, I would think of her so often and how she survived such a frightening ordeal.

Facebook pictures of Kelly, her son, her animals (even the pig) to her trucking adventure on facebook are such precious memories. I will miss her posts.

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Kelly who was such a wonderful mom, sister, daughter to you all. May the memories you have of her and the knowledge of how much she loved you all remain in your hearts. Rest in peace, Kelly.

Allison benedetti

November 20, 2021

You are beautiful!! So very beautiful!


November 19, 2021