OBITUARY

Rena C. Kell

October 9, 1927February 4, 2019
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Rena Kell, went to be with Jesus, Monday, February 4, 2019 after being wonderfully cared for at Methodist Nursing Home for many years. A native of Ft. Scott, Kansas, she was born October 9, 1927, to William and Viola Gray. Rena was married to Charles "Bad" Kell for 25 years prior to his passing in 1976.

She retired as the "donut lady" from the Grand Bakery. Rena was involved in many organizations including the Order of Eastern Star where she served in multiple positions on the local and state level; a Cub Scouts Den Mother for many years; PTA president for 4 years at Sutton Elementary School; taxi service to all the neighbor boys for baseball practices and games. Rena painted hundreds of oil paintings over the years and also enjoyed making ceramics. She also loved traveling with Eastern Star, and worked serving meals from the kitchen at First Baptist Church.

Rena adored her family and was full of life, loved art, music and crafts. She was a creative, candid and kind hearted soul who was also known for her quick and sassy wit. Services celebrating Rena’s life will be at 10 a.m. at Edward's Funeral Home, Fort Smith, on Friday, February 8, 2019. Graveside services will follow at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. Pastor Ben Anderson, of Woodlands Church, will be presiding.

Survivors include her three sons, John, C.C. "Buddy", and Steven (Darla) of Tennessee; five grandchildren, Jaime (John) Tran, Grace (Josh) Clark, Mandy Kell, Wesley (Abby) Kell and Sam Kell; six great-grandchildren, Katie Tran, Christopher Tran, Chloe Chadwell, Lucy Jones, Kingston Jones, and Alaina Clark; one sister, Alicia Gray; one brother, Mike Gray.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles C. "Bad" Kell, Jr.; and son, Jimmey Kell; her parents; two sisters and one brother.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.edwardsfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Charles C. "Bad" Kell, Jr., Husband
  • Jimmey Kell, Son
  • John Kell, Son
  • C.C. "Buddy" Kell, Son
  • Steven Kell and wife Darla, Son
  • William and Viola Gray, Parents
  • Jaime Tran and husband John, Grandchild
  • Grace Clark and husband Josh, Grandchild
  • Mandy Kell, Grandchild
  • Wesley Kell and wife Abby, Grandchild
  • Sam Kell, Grandchild
  • Katie Tran, Great Grandchild
  • Christopher Tran, Great Grandchild
  • Chloe Chadwell, Great Grandchild
  • Lucy Jones, Great Grandchild
  • Kingston Jones, Great Grandchild
  • Alaina Clark, Great Grandchild
  • Alicia Gray, Sister
  • Mike Gray, Brother
  • Rena is also preceded in death by her two sisters and one brother.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Celebration of Rena's Life Friday, February 8, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial
REMEMBERING

Rena C. Kell

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Paul Bartlett

February 19, 2019

Buddy, So sorry to hear of your moms passing. I always remember your mother always had a smile on her face and a light cheerful voice. Prayers are with you and your family.

Susan Chaney

February 8, 2019

I was saddened to read of the passing of Mrs. Kell. She was a good neighbor for many years on 55th Lane.

Mike Corrothers

February 6, 2019

Aunt Rena was one of the most loving, all inclusive, energetic, sharp witted caring people I've ever met. Even though she had four boys, her husband - "Bad" and a multitude of hobbies, household activities, and other job related responsibilities. She always included me as one of her own. I came to learn she did this with many of the people she met. To some I was her brother in-law "Claud Kell's" stepson "Mike" but I was "never" just a stepson to aunt Rena. I was 100% Kell family. She always treated me as one of her own sons.

One very fond memory I have of Rena was in the summer in 1968 when Glen Campbell released an album about Arkansas. One of the songs was "Arkansas land of Opportunity". Rena knew I really enjoyed the song. Well she drove her son's: John, CC aka buddy, Steve, and myself all over Fort Smith, and Fayetteville, to every record store imaginable just to find that little 45 record. I remember it was very hot. and the other boys were not too excited in traveling all over town to find Glen Campbells song about Arkansas. It literally took hours but she did it. And that's just the way she was.

Aunt Rena also introduced me to the local Baptist Church in Fort Smith, which I am very thankful for to this day because that is where I heard the word of God. I learned hymns that still ring on in my memory. It was her loving encouragement and kind hearted faith that helped me to become a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ today.

Aunt Rena will be missed but not forgotten. Some of us can look forward to the day when we can see her again. My prayers go out to all the Kell family wherever you may be.

Alice Nahas

February 5, 2019

I remember Rena from my time in the Eastern Star. A sweet, funny woman who had such a twinkle in her eye and a lovely smile on her face always. Kind to everyone around. Rest well Rena💜

Audrey Thompson

February 5, 2019

Aunt Rena,

You were a part of my life before I was ever born. You were always there, even though we lived in two different states. You were an Aunt to me, you were a mother to me, you were you. I was your Suzy-Q. I was the red-headed little girl that you always wanted. You've always been in my heart and thoughts and you always will be.

John, Buddy, Steve,

My heart hurts for you guys. I wish I were there to give you a big hug. I know you're in sorrow right now, but I know you also know that she has relief and will never hurt again. She's in heaven now with Jim, your dad , my folks, and Tommy, waiting for us all to come home one day. Love you all three. .

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Biography

Rena Kell, went to be with Jesus, Monday, February 4, 2019 after being wonderfully cared for at Methodist Nursing Home for many years. A native of Ft. Scott, Kansas, she was born October 9, 1927, to William and Viola Gray. Rena was married to Charles "Bad" Kell for 25 years prior to his passing in 1976.

She retired as the "donut lady" from the Grand Bakery. Rena was involved in many organizations including the Order of Eastern Star where she served in multiple positions on the local and state level; a Cub Scouts Den Mother for many years; PTA president for 4 years at Sutton Elementary School; taxi service to all the neighbor boys for baseball practices and games. Rena painted hundreds of oil paintings over the years and also enjoyed making ceramics. She also loved traveling with Eastern Star, and worked serving meals from the kitchen at First Baptist Church.

Rena adored her family and was full of life, loved art, music and crafts. She was a creative, candid and kind hearted soul who was also known for her quick and sassy wit.

Services celebrating Rena’s life will be at 10 a.m. at Edward's Funeral Home, Fort Smith, on Friday, February 8, 2019. Graveside services will follow at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. Pastor Ben Anderson, of Woodlands Church, will be presiding.

Survivors include her three sons, John, C.C. "Buddy", and Steven (Darla) of Tennessee; five grandchildren, Jaime (John) Tran, Grace (Josh) Clark, Mandy Kell, Wesley (Abby) Kell and Sam Kell; six great-grandchildren, Katie Tran, Christopher Tran, Chloe Chadwell, Lucy Jones, Kingston Jones, and Alaina Clark; one sister, Alicia Gray; one brother, Mike Gray.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles C. "Bad" Kell, Jr.; and son, Jimmey Kell; her parents; two sisters and one brother.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.edwardsfuneralhome.com