Violet Marie Kell

Violet Marie Kell, 88, died Monday, Feb 13, 2012, at her home in Houston, Mo., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

She was born April 25, 1923, in Darien, daughter of William Horace and Maudie Mae Kell. She and Sherman Frank Kell were married April 20, 1944, in San Francisco, Calif. They were married 48 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Oliver and Fay; her husband, Sherman; and a son, Jimmie Kell.

She is survived by her sister and her husband, Erma and Wendell Byler of Bangs, Texas; her brother and his wife, Bob and Freda Kell of Raymondville, Mo.; her son, Sherman Ronald Kell of Mill Valley, Calif.; her son and his wife, Daniel and Karen Kell of Houston, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She lived for many years in the Parker, Cedar Grove and Big Creek communities and worked at Montauk in her youth. She worked in several factories as a seamstress prior to marrying Sherman and followed him during his Naval service living in many, many states before returning to Houston in 1968. She worked for many years at the Rawlings plant in Licking before retiring. Violet and Sherman collected antiques of all kinds taking a particular delight in the collection of Carnival glass.

She enjoyed sewing, making most of her own clothing and that of her sons through the years.

She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend.

Services are 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Beth Duckworth officiating. Pallbearers are Ron Kell, Dan Kell, Randy Kell, Terry Kell and Brent Kell. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Kell and Wendell Byler.

Burial will be in North Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Salem, Mo. Services are under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Hospice of Care. Online condolences may be sent to

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