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Judy McKrell

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016

8/16/41 — 8/8/16

Judith Diane (Zeitlin Kent) McKrell passed away peacefully from complications caused by Alzheimer’s on Aug. 8, 2016, a week before her 75th birthday. She was surrounded by her children and grandchildren at her home in Bend, Oregon.

Judy was born and lived in New York City which cultivated her elegance and style for which she was known. She attended high school in Northern California and college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she received her master’s degree in Education.

She settled in Atascadero in 1968 where she raised her children along with her husband Jim, also a teacher. Judy worked at Del Rio Continuation (West Mall) for AUSD as a teacher and counselor for 32 years until she retired in 2002.

She helped shape many lives. She was compassionate yet firm and dedicated to helping students graduate. Judy set many on paths to success resulting in lifelong friendships. She demonstrated good business practice and compassion as a landlord. Judy had a vast network of colleagues and friends, where her professional life and personal life were closely intertwined.

Upon retirement Judy and Jim moved part-time to Bend, Oregon, to be close to their grandchildren who lovingly know her as “Nana.” She volunteered at their schools, continuing her dedication to education and attended all musical and sport endeavors. Judy was admired for her strong integrity, business acumen, and solid advice. Judy was a good listener. She was not only her children’s best friend and confidant but also her son-in-law and daughter-in-law’s, whom held her in the highest regard.

Like her husband Jim, family always came first. He led by example always honoring her with respect and adoration as the family matriarch.

Judy was preceded in death by her husband Jim (James, III) of 46 years in 2011 and grandson Jamie (James, V) in 2004.

She is survived by son Jim (James IV) (Deborah), daughter Dr. Nancy Bonetto (Michael) and five grandchildren: Cally and Mia McKrell of Atascadero and Nate, Ben and Kate Bonetto of Bend, Oregon.

A celebration of life will be held in Atascadero at a future date. Personal expressions or anecdotes may be addressed to DeborahMcKrell@gmail.com or Deborah McKrell, PO Box 1495, Atascadero CA 93423.

Donations may be made in Judy’s honor to benefit her passion Kids at Risk to: AGF Lighthouse Foundation, PO Box 3120, Atascadero CA 93423 (805) 712-6356, a 501c3 non-profit.

For the complete article see the 08-26-2016 issue.

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