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Cristal R Nell

July 7, 1978July 24, 2020

Cristal R Nell, age 42, of Seattle, Washington passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020. Cristal was born July 7, 1978.

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Laura Kipp

August 9, 2020

Cristal even though it seems like you played a small role in my life, it's scary to think what would have happened if you weren't there. You made all the difference to me succeeding and having a good experience at my first job in Seattle, and that created a domino effect in my efforts to create a good life for myself. I admired you so much and you were so gentle and kind to me and everyone around us. I appreciate you so much.

Heather Machado

August 8, 2020

My little Mary Poppins!
A tiny little tot you were, skipping and hopping between your Mom & I, as we held your little hands and walked through Guyana Stores. We laughed and joked that they thought you were mine. Your tiny little fingers, the sweetest innocent smile one had ever seen, and your silky black hair are just images etched in my mind. Memories of you saying "chicken" and meaning "kitchen". But most of all those words "Aunty Heather can we look at Mary Poppins?" "Just one more time pleaseeee?" We had already seen it backwards and forwards, inside out a million times.... maybe just one more time well at this stage what's the harm in seeing it two million times....or even three! How foolish they were, between you and I, they thought you were only a Bridge Champion!! My heart is broken Cris!💔😢
To see you grow into an amazing mother to Gabe and Scarlett was nothing less that a blessing. You molded them and showered them with your love.
Just last week Tuesday evening we spoke. Oh those cheeks....just radiant....you were glowing my Darling....just glowing!! We were planning for you to come next year for my 60th. No doubt you'll be with me in spirit.
Cristal my Darling what an honor it was for you to choose me. I am truly blessed with all the wonderful memories of you.
So "My Little Miss Mary Poppings up up and away until we meet again, I will miss you" Rest in the loving arms of Our Heavenly Father my Darling!!🌹💔🙏

Heather Machado

August 8, 2020

My little Mary Poppins!
A tiny little tot you were, skipping and hopping between your Mom & I, as we held your little hands and walked through Guyana Stores. We laughed and joked that they thought you were mine. Your tiny little fingers, the sweetest innocent smile one had ever seen, and your silky black hair are just images etched in my mind. Memories of you saying "chicken" and meaning "kitchen". But most of all those words "Aunty Heather can we look at Mary Poppins?" "Just one more time pleaseeee?" We had already seen it backwards and forwards, inside out a million times.... maybe just one more timewell at this stage what's the harm in seeing it two million times....or even three! How foolish they were, between you and I, they thought you were only a Bridge Champion!!My heart is broken Cris!💔😢
To see you grow into an amazing mother to Gabe and Scarlett was nothing less that a blessing. You molded them and showered them with your love.
Just last week Tuesday evening we spoke. Oh those cheeks....just radiant....you were glowing my Darling....just glowing!! We were planning for you to come next year for my 60th. No doubt you'll be with me in spirit.
Cristal my Darling what an honor it was for you to choose me. I am truly blessed with all the wonderful memories of you.
So "My Little Miss Mary Poppings up up and away until we meet again, I will miss you" Rest in the loving arms of Our Heavenly Father my Darling!!🌹💔🙏

Ann Romeo

August 8, 2020

So many memories...You were there when I first started to play bridge at Eastside Bridge Center, and I watched you head straight to the top, playing with Pat White, with Kim, with Ray. We went to the opera together, the ballet, sang karaoke, and you were killer at trivia--especially the music questions. I loved the bridge at your place, and the quiet, encouraging conversations. Two memories pop out: our Summer birthday party karaoke bash--a tradition that we hope to continue in your memory (including Me and Bobby Mcgee), and the Nationals in Toronto, where you called Ray in a panic about a suitcase you needed help with--you always were the best-dressed, best-looking player in the room. Rest easy, Cristal. You are missed.

Sarah Sweetman

August 7, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family for your great loss. Cristal was such a brilliant and caring lady. Every time we met for our photo sessions, I loved chatting to her about life and she always talked about how much she loved her family. Her kids were her world. If it wasn't evident in the way she spoke, it sure was in the way she looked at them and laughed with them and played with them during our short times together. I will always remember her radiant smile, and her kindness.

JC Chupack

August 2, 2020

Like many others, my friendship with Cristal started with bridge. When I became a life master, Cristal gave me the book Winning Declarer Play by Dorothy Hayden Truscott. She knew I'd been working on declarer play, and she got me this book for that reason, as well as that it was written by a strong woman player. I know she knew and recognized both that I would appreciate a woman's perspective and how unique that perspective is. It remains my favorite of my bridge books. It's an excellent book, yes, but it's also special because it came from Cristal.

I remember, too, singing Hamilton with her on many occasions. We would practically do the whole musical as a group together. Cristal loved going to karaoke parties, even though she rarely wanted to sing.

Another memory I have of Cristal is from the election night in 2016. Like many across the US, we were devastated and heartbroken by the unexpected result and what it implied about the country we live in, as well as what it might mean for the years to come. My husband and I gathered with Cristal and the kids in her living room and commiserated. We shared that anger and grief, together, many times over the past few years, while making signs for marches or playing kitchen bridge. In 2020, I will be doing my best to make it right, for her. It is the thing I think she'd want that I can do.

Cristal was a strong and smart woman, a loving mother, and a kind and generous friend. She was and will continue to be an inspiration to me.

Jasmin Chan (Choo-Kang)

July 31, 2020

Dearest Cris,

You made me proud to be called an Aunt for the first time just seemed it was the other day.
You were a golden vase of perfection filled with beauty, love and kindness.
You were vibrant with life.
You were the epitome of a shining star
You were the elegant piece of crystal
You made this world a brighter place wherever you were.
Your glowing. Spirit cannot be replaced.
You will always be remembered by the fun family get togethers in Valparaiso.
You left this world so peacefully without a word.
You are now an angel in heaven.
Cris my heart is broken.
You were a sweet child.
Bless your heart and Rest In Peace.
I love you Cris and you will be forever in my heart.

Aunty Jas

Irene Choo-Kang

July 31, 2020

Cristal,

My heart is broken.

July 7th, 1978 was a blessed day as your birth elevated me to the status of "Grandma".

Over the years your achievements made me so proud. Your brilliance was inspiring.

I will never fully understand what went wrong but your memory and my love for you will live on.

Jesus loves you, Cris.

Rest in Peace.

Curt Choo-Kang

July 31, 2020

My dearest Cristal,

One week ago, you slipped out of this physical world, alone, quietly and privately. To leave in the manner that you did, you must have been in a dark, deep, lonely, painful and terrible place that I cannot begin or even pretend to understand. I would have done anything to be there for you at that time, to stop you from leaving. 

You have left a gaping hole in my heart, a void that will never be filled. My heart is broken, bleeding and aching with grief and pain and my head wants to explode. I am shaken to the core.

All that I have left of you, are memories that I will have to hold on to. I will especially cherish and treasure the last 8 years, the wonderful holidays that we were able to spend together. I never would have believed that last Thanksgiving and Christmas would be the last time that we'd be together for the holidays. Cathy and I will miss you dearly at Christmas and there will be an empty spot at our table with a bowl of pepperpot and a slice of black cake for you. 

You left so early when you had so much more to give… in your brief time, you touched and influenced so many people.  Your joy, happiness and bouncy attitude was infectious and you will be remembered for that. 

Rest in peace, my dear daughter and look for me as you soar on the wings of the eagle. You will find me by the glistening of my tears. 

Always,
Your loving Dad. 

Liz and Terry Pariaug

July 31, 2020

Words cannot express how deeply sorry we are to hear about Cristal. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Out thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May your beautiful memories sustain and bring comfort to you during this difficult time.

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