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STEPHEN JOHN ABELL

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STEPHEN JOHN ABELL Obituary
STEPHEN JOHN ABELL

A memorial gathering for relatives and close friends will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2009 in the banquet room at the Chico Holiday Inn on Manzanita Court. Visitors are welcome between 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Stephen died unexpectedly on Sunday, November 15, 2009 in Chico.

Steve was born in Sacramento, CA on December 16, 1969 to John and Jean Abell. He was raised in Chico and attended CUSD: Marigold Elementary, Bidwell Jr. High, and Pleasant Valley High School. While at PV, he was a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He was also chosen "Mr. Viking" in his senior year.

He received his Associate in Arts Degree (Social and Behavioral Science) at Butte College and continued his education at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and California State University, Chico.

In Chico, Steve worked at North Valley Athletic Club and at KHSL as a news photographer. He also worked at casinos in both Reno and Las Vegas, NV.

Steve enjoyed hiking, fishing with his father, visiting Fort Bragg,and listening to acoustic artists such as Neil Young. He was very fond of the family's Golden Retriever, Amber, with whom he had a special connection.

He kept numerous written diaries of experiences and feelings and he wrote, "Words can sometimes ruin the most poignant moments in a man's life. I guess forever was too late for me. I kiss the raindrop that lands on my lips from above and Œoh my gosh', it doesn't hurt to breathe."

He is survived by his parents, John and Jean Abell; his brother, Michael; his uncles, Charles (Vicki) Bradford and Alton (Judy) Bradford and extended relatives and friends.

Donations can be made in Stephen's memory to:

Butte County Department of Behavioral Health

c/o Dr. Gerald Maguire

805 Cedar Street, Paradise, CA 95969

Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society of No. CA, Chico Branch.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Nov. 21, 2009
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