OBITUARY

Carmel Ann Killingsworth

April 14, 1958February 14, 2019

Carmel Ann Killingsworth was born on April 14, 1958 and passed away on February 14, 2019.

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Carmel Ann Killingsworth

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Kimberly Spangler Cobb

March 17, 2019

Carmel was the sweetest person! We spoke quite often when she sat at a desk in a different area of the 3rd floor. We shared a love of purple. I am only part Italian, but that connection was there, too. She asked about my kids and my grandsons, always commenting on how cute they were or how much they had grown since the last picture I showed off. I was bummed when she moved, but turns out it was just down the hall in the opposite direction, and around the corner. The printer I use is right by her desk, so I saw her just as much if not more, sometimes many times a day. We talked about our health, and my sister’s good taste in the clothes she would send me. I’d show her pictures of things I baked, and when she saw the picture of my Italian Christmas cookies, she said they looked like ones her Nonno used to make. I made sure I set some aside for her the next time I made them. I was really hoping she’d like them and happy that she did. I will forever think of her when I make them. I hate not seeing her anymore, but so thankful that I had her in my life.

Dear family—I am thinking of you at this time. She loved you all very much. Thank you for sharing her with us!

Rebecca Jarvis

March 11, 2019

Carmella Bella was the sweetest, kindest, most present person I've ever known. She made me feel very special and loved; and it turns out, she made everyone she came in contact feel exactly that way. She cared about everyone, and I never heard her say an unkind word about anyone. She was always pleasant, even joyful, with a ready smile to greet the day.
I took a trip to Italy with my son last year, and I encouraged her that she and I should go there together one day, as her family is from Sicily. She immediately replied 'That would be wonderful! I could meet the man of my dreams, and you could be my maid of honor!'
How I loved her spirit & passion/zest for life. She had the biggest heart of anyone I have known. And knowing her has made me want to be a better person. We shared stories of life and faith, and I know she is now in His Presence. I love you Carmella Bella. You will always be in my heart. Till we meet again. Ciao Bella.

Barbara Casillas

February 28, 2019

Recently, this was the image I attached to a morning email I sent Carmel at the office. She immediately let me know how much she loved it, and talked about how it made her think of her “nonna,” who she’d been named after. I’ve known Carmel since she first started working at SDRC. Our personal lives paralleled in multiple ways, so we would often compare notes on our experiences in caregiving for our mothers. I always loved her frilly Victorian style of decorating her work station, but as soon as Carmel knew I spoke Italian and had spent a summer living in Italy years ago, her Italian heritage and my love affair w/all things Italian quickly became our main connection. I knew how much she wished she could travel to Italy, so I would often try to encourage her to reach out to her relatives and make plans to visit… of course I always emphasized that I would gladly accompany her as her personal interpreter.☺ How I wish she could’ve made that trip. I will forever remember the good talks we used to have.

Diana Anselm

February 27, 2019

Dearest Carmel,

I have truly been in shock since you left us. It was so sudden and I know that's why it's hard to say goodbye. I loved your kind, considerate, selfless, positive, patient, non-judgmental, this list keeps going on. You were the most amazing lady I had the pleasure to work with. I am going to miss our Mafia Gangster rants back and forth. I loved how you would start by saying "How you doing, want me to get Guiddo for ya?" Although the time here was short, you left a huge life-time print on everyone you came in contact with. I will cherish you my friend forever. I hope I am worthy enough to see you again. I will do my best while I am here to make a difference to others as you did. Love you Carmel and I am missing you so much.
I pray for your family at this difficult time.

Gabby Ohmstede

February 26, 2019

I met Carmel when she started as support staff when I was in Early Start Unit 15 -- 13 or 14 years ago? As everyone has said, she was the sunshine in the office, always smiling, always happy to see you. She clearly always put others before herself - family, friends, co-workers... I was cleaning my office one day and getting rid of a painting I had done and she wanted it -- she hung it above her desk and it has stayed there this whole time. I moved to a different region and didn't see her as much, but when I did, every time I saw her, she told me she still had my painting and that it brought her joy. She asked about my family, about coming back to the Kearny office.... and when I did recently return to the Kearny office, she was one of the people I was so happy to get to see more often again. I saw her and spoke to her the day before she passed. I still cant believe I wont see her smiling face around the halls - Carmel was loved by her SDRC family and I know she loved coming to work everyday because of the people she worked with, and the friendships and support that she received here. We will miss her. I will miss her.

Martha Cervantes

February 22, 2019

Carmel was a sweet and kind lady. We often shared in our conversations our love for our families, traditions, holidays and jewelry. I never saw Carmel upset or irritable. She liked to help others and she made sure our clients and families had an answer to their questions. I am going to miss her dearly. During this difficult time I am sharing your loss with deepest sympathy.

Mark Gates

February 22, 2019

Carmel was such a warm, caring person. I never heard her complain. She brought positivity and good cheer to the office, and I will miss her dearly. I had the good fortune to sit across a hall from her for a couple years, and I enjoyed her humor. She inspires me to be present for others!

paula rivera

February 22, 2019

My dear friend..when I recently left the Main, you and I texted every day how much we missed each other. You told me “Come back. You don’t know how many lives you’ve touched”. Well, ditto. I’m sorry I left you. I missed our daily hugs and talks so much and now I don’t know how to accept that I won’t ever have that anymore. It’s inconceivable to me. Love and miss you so much Carmel.

Pam Frye

February 21, 2019

Carmel was the sweetest and most caring person I have met. When you were talking to her she made you feel like the only person in her world right then. She always made you feel special. She will be greatly missed here at the Regional Center and in life. I will miss you my Birthday Sista!

To Carmel's family. I am so sorry for your loss. Carmel was an amazing woman.

When someone becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. All it takes is one song to bring back a thousand memories. Hugs sent to you in heaven Carmel.

Sandra Alarcon

February 21, 2019

Carmela Bella was one of the sweetest souls I have ever met. Always smiling and helping others. Carmela always showered me with compliments and hugs. She remembered every little detail about my family and asked how they were doing. She always asked about my son Sergio, who she met when he was just a little boy, now 22yr. I will be eternally grateful for all the love and support Carmel offered me through the years. She was a tremendous blessing to SDRC staff and the families we serve.

I will always keep you dear to my heart, and I will remember your sweet face especially when I see butterflies and the color purple. I know your smiling down on us from Heaven. Until we meet again my Dear Friend. You will be missed!

FROM THE FAMILY