Obituary of Keith R. Mell
Keith R. Mell, 92, a long-time resident of Fiddletown, CA passed away, March 11, 2023, in Sacramento, CA. He was born in Medford, OR on March 21, 1930, a son of the late Cassie Evelyn Palmer and Rev. Carman Edward Mell. Keith was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Mayrose V. Mell, sisters Doris (McLaughlin), Donna (Lorenson), Fern (Goss) and brothers C. Edward, and Dean.
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Keith is survived by his 3 children, Kevin (Frances) of Antelope, CA, Ricki (Rich) of Sacramento, CA, and Suzanne of Fiddletown, CA; as well as 7 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great- grandchildren. Sisters: Neva (Royer), Carmen (Halstead) and brothers: Galen and Arthur.
Keith graduated with a Mortuary Degree in December 1950. He married Mayrose in 1951, bought his parent’s home and started his family. He worked as an embalmer/funeral director in Oakland, CA for 26 years. In 1969, he moved his family to Fiddletown, CA and commuted to Oakland until his retirement in 1976. At the young age of 46 years, he worked at the local lumber mill in Martell, CA and continued his employment until 1992, when he officially retired at age 62 yrs.
In retirement, Keith enjoyed traveling, fishing, family, and friends. He was a great storyteller, loved country music and playing his guitar. For over 20 years, he and Mayrose spent 4-5 months each year at Bear River Lake Resort. He was a devoted husband, father and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation held at 5:00pm on Friday, March 24, 2023, at Daneri Mortuary Chapel in Jackson, CA. A graveside service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Fiddletown Cemetery in Fiddletown, CA, followed by a Memorial Service, 1:00pm held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 12924 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek, CA 95685. In memory of Keith, contributions can be sent to KVIE/PBS or Moose Charities at 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539.