KELLI LEA "SPRINGFIELD" MOFFITT
Aug. 2, 1956 - Apr. 6, 2012
Kelli Lea "Springfield" Moffitt was born August 2, 1956, in Brawley, California and left this earth on April 6, 2012, due to cardiopulmonary arrest and coronary artery disease during open heart surgery at University Medical Center, Tucson, Az. Springfield was a nickname given to her by her father Jim when she was a young child.
Kelli was predeceased by father, Jim Moffitt; maternal grandparents, Thomas and Floy Bailey; paternal grandparents, Virgil and Elva Moffitt; brother, Daniel; aunts, Blanche Roberts and Bonnie Jewell; niece, Melissa Moffitt; cousins, Roberta Moffitt, and Eric Moffitt.
Kelli is survived, by her mother, Burness Moffitt, Tucson, AZ; brothers, Virgil (Shirley), Broken Arrow, OK, Jim (Dianna), Tucson, AZ; daughter, Erica Anchondo, Texas; sons, Richard Murillo, Issaquah, WA, and Daniel Murillo, Duncan, OK; grandchildren, Jacub Jones, Texas, Cody Osvald, WI, Chance Clancy, Texas, Savannah Pate, Texas; aunt, Beatrice Frost, Chico, CA; uncle, Stan Moffitt (Pat), Colorado Springs, CO. Kelli will also be missed by her dear and long time friends, Phyllis Gilliam, Holtville, CA, Teri Flahtery, Hemet, CA, and Anna Rivera, Sun City, CA; her work friends from The California Highway Patrol, Oceanside Office, her many Facebook friends from around the world, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Kelli kept in contact via e-mail with many of her classmates from her high school years.
Kelli attended grammar school beginning at McCabe Elementary, El Centro, CA. During her growing up years, attending school in Antioch, CA, Santa Ana, CA, Anaheim, CA and then returning to Imperial, CA to finish out her school years at Frank Wright Jr. High. She graduated from Imperial High School, Imperial, CA, in 1974 and attended IVC, Imperial Campus. Kelli enjoyed the Imperial High School Class Reunions, celebrating with classmates of yesteryear. Kelli enjoyed her 4 years at Imperial High. She derived much pleasure attending class working on the Oasis, school yearbook. Remembering Mr. McGee letting her use his vehicle to collect monies for advertisements for the yearbook at the times her car was running on fumes. Friends introduced during her school years at Imperial High have endured to being lifelong friendships.
Kelli received the DAR award while attending grammar school in Santa Ana, CA. There is where she met her lifelong friend Phyllis Gilliam. The girls visited back and forth during the summer vacations of their high school years. They rode the Greyhound bus so often between El Centro and Santa Ana, one of the bus drivers almost adopted them. Kelli was a soft and caring person. Just out of high school, Kelli was employed at a local convalescent home. Caring for the elderly came easy for her. Kelli's grandmother, Bailey was stricken with RA early in life. Kelli, while still very young, was one of the grandchildren that helped with her care. After her employment as a caregiver, Kelli was employed by the State of California Employment Dept., El Centro Office. A short stint in the El Centro Office led to the highlight of her life- a position with the California Highway Patrol, Oceanside, CA Office. There she started as a clerk, moved into Inspection at the North Bound Vehicle Inspection Station. During her tenure with the CHP, she wrote some procedures used by the CHP, taught classes in Sacramento, CA on procedures for Inspeciton of Vehicles. Having worked for 27 years for the State of California, Kelli retired from service due to disability.
Kelli spoke often of the fun experiences, with the girls from the office, as they had annual shopping trips to Ensenada. A special treat for the girls was visiting a 'set' from the movie, Titanic that was located in Ensenada.
Kels love of gardening was always on display at her homes throughout her lifetime. Her favorite was the sunflower. One year Kel grew a giant sunflower that measured one foot across at the seed line. She loved to can from her vegetable and fruit gardens: berries, corn, beans and apples for baking luscious pies. She enjoyed her time making soaps, candles, lotions and creams, giving away almost as much as she sold. She made a special soap for her dad, for an itchy skin problem.
The last few years of Kelli's life was devoted to her grandchildren. She doted on each one of them. Visits with her children were a highlight for her. Daughter Erica visited her mothers' home in Tucson, AZ for the much celebrated February birthdays, as Erica was one of the celebrants. Erica surprised her grandfather, Jim Moffitt on his 75th birthday in 2005 for the first of her many visits for birthdays in Tucson. At one time February birthdays for her family numbered 15 celebrants. Daniel and friend Alex, joined the family in Tucson, for Christmas in 2010.
Kelli developed RA and heart problems that curtailed her activities the last three years of her life. Her 40th birthday was celebrated at Universal Studios with her children, Erica, Richard and Dan. Her 50th birthday was celebrated in Hawaii, with grandson Jacub Jones. A helicopter ride along the same air space as the bombing of Pearl Harbor was a highlight of their visit to the islands. Her 55th birthday was celebrated with her Dad and Mom at Casino Del Sol, Tucson, AZ - free dessert at the casino on your birthday. Kelli picked out her dessert before her dinner selection. A Margarita Cheese Cake, and did she ever enjoy that dessert.
No services were scheduled. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.