Micaela Kelly "Kell" Bennett
1949 - 2017
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Micaela "Kell" Kelly Bennett, beloved wife of Dorian M. Bennett and adoring mother of Delia Caroline Bennett, passed away in her New Orleans home surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, August 9th following a strong and inspiring fight against a rare cancer. Kell was known by many as a creative businesswoman, artist, philanthropist, Francophile, chef, golfer and 'hostess with the most-est'. Born and raised in New Orleans, she attended The Academy of the Sacred Heart and later LSU, Baton Rouge. Kell went on to spend her twenties and thirties living in Stuttgart, Germany and Paris, France. While in Germany, she participated in an equestrian club that included members of the Porsche and Jagermeister families. During her time in Paris, she opened Kell's Corner, a unique needlepoint store in the 7th Arrondissement which was the first American-inspired needlepoint store of its kind in France. Kell's Corner gained renown for Kell's gorgeous hand-painted canvases and wide selection of colorful threads. Her clientele included Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Capucine, Hubert de Givenchy, and many more eclectic Parisians whom she remained friends with over the years. In 1986, Kell moved back to New Orleans and in 1988 married local real estate broker Dorian Bennett and gave birth to their only child, Delia Caroline Bennett, in 1991. For years she devoted her life to supporting her husband in his business and their daughter as she grew into a young woman. Immediately following Katrina, the Bennett's moved temporarily to Baton Rouge, where Kell spread her joy further. She made friends wherever she went. As an 'empty-nester', Kell returned to the retail sector and opened The White Camellia Garden & Gifts on Magazine Street, where she became known for her gourmet olive oils, mustards and spreads that she greeted customers with when they entered her shop. Her kindness, humor, and joyful personality left a lasting mark on all who were lucky enough to know her. She is predeceased in death by her parents, Eloise and William F. Kelly and survived by her husband of 29 years, Dorian M. Bennett; daughter, Delia Caroline Bennett; sisters, Carmen Kelly Vendenabeele; Pamela Kelly Sills; Beth Kelly Cook; Amélie Kelly; brother, Allen Kelly; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at 11 am and funeral services at 1 pm on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 1025 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans,LA. Honorary pallbearers include Jamie Bernstein; Glade Bilby; Bob Edmundson; Greer Farris; Herbert Halpern; Allen Kelly; Tom Reagan; Jerry St. Pierre; Kelly C. Sills; and Kenneth F. Sills. A private internment service for family and immediate friends will take place at Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Dorian and Delia request that donations be made in Kell's honor to either The New Orleans Opera Association or The New Orleans Musician's Clinic. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit lakelawnmetairie.com.

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Published in The New Orleans Advocate from Aug. 11 to Aug. 16, 2017.
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August 5, 2020
I miss Kell’s bright, cheerful light terribly much. She was a precious inspiration.
Maryvirginia Hughes
August 20, 2017
A great friend..always so glad to see me when I came to New Orleans..she would greet me with a 'list' of little fix-it things that needed doing around the house while I was there. It might be a light bulb, to hang a wine rack or replace a toilet seat..!! Haha..We had lots of fun texting during the Saints games and would do so until our phones stopped working.!!.My life won't be the same without Kell...such a wonderful..sweet lady...very sad...
G. Farris
August 18, 2017
Very sorry to have missed the funeral and notice of Kell's passing. She was a warm and wonderful person. Sorry for your loss.
Danielle Trostorff
August 16, 2017
You gave grace to our Parade. The Heavens are lucky ~ as were we ~ to march with you. ~ LEJ.org
Leonard Earl Johnson
August 16, 2017
Psalm 100 seems to have been written for Kell:
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
I know she is waiting impatiently for the rest of us at Heaven's gates.
Jamie Haeuser
August 16, 2017
During this time of great sorrow and pain know that you are not alone. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this loss.
As you remember your beloved one, may our Father the God of peace give you comfort and peace in every way today, tomorrow, and always. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thess 3:16. -(fla)
August 16, 2017
Au Revoir Kell, Your graciousness and love will be sorely missed. We will be seeing you again, until then Rest in Peace with the Angels. All of us will be holding up Dorian And Delia for you so they will be in good hands.
Wayne Chambless
August 16, 2017
What a tragic loss to our community. We will miss her vivacious nature and love of life. Could not believe it when we heard she had left us.
Eddie Bonin
Rene' Fransen
August 16, 2017
May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. (Psalms 116:15)
August 16, 2017
Dorian and Delia,
Love and prayers, Dessa
August 15, 2017
Kell was a delight to work for. Treated myself and my employees as if we had known her for years. Always appreciated everything we did for her. She will be sadly missed. Paula (Slidell, La.)
August 15, 2017
August 15, 2017
Pepper and Rader Jackson send their full heart full sympathies to Dorian and Delia.
August 15, 2017
Kell was always a joy and delight. A light has gone out in the cultural community of New Orleans. Jamie & I will miss her dreadfully.
Bob & Jamie Haeuser
August 15, 2017
It was an honor to know Kell. I have fond memories of her amazing fashion moments! My heart goes out to Dorian and Delia for their loss. You will remain in my prayers.
Georgia Saucier
August 15, 2017
JoJo Tyler
Kel, I did not know you. But I know of you and what a wonderful lady you are. Bless your family as they struggle through this. Let the family love keep you all bonded.
Jo Tyler
August 15, 2017
Jean-Rene and I shared wonderful memories of Kell during her time in Paris. It was a delight to know her. I especially remember the time she came back to visit (Thanksgiving?) and brought her wedding dress so we could all admire it even though we'd not been able to be at her wedding. Condoleances to Dorian, Delia and the family with prayers for healing and comfort.
Jean Goetze
August 15, 2017
Warm memories of Kell during her Paris years when her shop was a favorite place for me. Even more memories from childhood carpooling together. Sincere condolences to her family.
Leslie Lykes de Galbert
Leslie de Galbert
August 14, 2017
I am deeply sadden at the passing of Kell. My heart, prayers and love is being sent to the family at this difficult time. Praying for comfort and peace that only comes from Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rose Brignac
August 14, 2017
May God grant Ms. Kell eternal life free from suffering. My deepest condolences to the family.
August 14, 2017
How blessed we were to havé Kell in our lives. Just two days before she entered eternal life,, I was blessed to see her blazing golden with humor even in such adversity.
My heartfelt sympathy to Dorian, Delia, Len and the four attentive Kelly sisters and brother Len. -Patricia Rice
August 14, 2017
She was the friendliest and brightest person I knew. She touched everyone she came in contact with... so glad I got to know her. She will be missed.
Love to the both of you.
Alexandra Stafford
August 14, 2017
Dear Dorian and Delia,

We extend our deepest condolences for your loss. Will miss Kell's Parisian tales.

Thomas, Martha and Tomás Braly
August 14, 2017
Dorian, we are so pained and sorry to hear of Kell's passing. Our hearts go out to you and Delia. Our deepest condolences to you. Gary Greenblum and family
Gary Greenblum
August 14, 2017
Dorian, I am so sorry, thinking of you at this time, keeping all in my prayers.
Nadine Lagarde
August 14, 2017
What a beautiful life, well lived indeed! May Kell rest well with the angels!
Yolanda Hubert
August 13, 2017
Sorry for your loss may you you draw much comfort from God's word at Hosea 13:14. L Ohio
August 13, 2017
Oh, Dorian, I am so sorry for you and Delia. Kell was the perfect embodiment of "lovely" and my heart aches for your loss.
Shawn O'Brien
August 12, 2017
Kell will missed by all who knew her. WE loved her smile and her passion for all things beautiful. My deepest condolence at this sad time but the happy memories will be everlasting. Margarita Bergen
August 12, 2017
Dorian, we are very sorry to hear of Kell passing. We have always remembered Kell & Delia when I was living at Louis Philippe ...We used to meet with Kell and Delia at Croissant D'Or ... Clif and I have fond memories of being with you and Kell at your home. You and Kell willl always be in our thoughts ... Our Best Wishes to you Delia and Family from the South of Chile.
Armando Moreno
August 12, 2017
Dorian dear,with deepest sympathy to you and Delia for the loss of a beloved wife and mother.......Death leaves a heartache no one can heal but love leaves a memory no one can steal.........Pam Ledet
Pam Ledet
August 12, 2017
I am so sad to hear the news about your Mom. She was one of the most enjoyable moms at the ballet studio. I loved to hear her stories of living in Paris. Of course her main subject was always about you. She definitely was a very supportive Mom driving you back and forth in order to give you as much exposure to the arts. I will always remember all of you with great affection.
Please give your Dad a hug from me.
Love from your teacher,
Myra Mier
Myra Mier
August 12, 2017
Dorian, I am so sorry for your loss. Kell was a special lady. My thoughts are with you and Delia.
Toni Bachmann
August 12, 2017
Myra Mier
August 12, 2017
August 12, 2017
Kell was a very brave woman and this was coupled with humor and grace. Sending family and everyone who knew her condolences on this loss.
Vivian Cahn
August 12, 2017
Kell was one of the most kind and elegant ladies Johnny and I have ever had the pleasure to know. Her grace and smile will make this world a bit duller and less colorful.
Kathy and Johnny Richard
August 12, 2017
So sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and your family.
Eileen Hodgins
August 12, 2017
We are all sad to hear about your lovely wife Kell, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Gale, Rocky, Judith and Kelly Bennett.
Gale Bennett
August 12, 2017

Marie-Louise and I are away and regret we'll be unable to attend Kell's funeral. Know that you and your family are in our prayers.
Gary Mannina
August 12, 2017
To Dorian and Delia, our most sincere sympathies.
Zachary Richard
August 12, 2017
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Lynne Ann Fowler
August 12, 2017
We want to express to you and your family our most heartfelt sympathy. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Love from Aunt Rose and your Costanza cousins.
Mary Agnes Costanza-Brabham
August 12, 2017
Kell will be missed by all those who loved her and the light she brought with her. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Joel and Gerard Sellers
August 12, 2017
Dorian and Delia, we are greatly saddened by your great loss! Kelly was larger than life and will be missed by many! Life is hard! May you find strength and hope in our lord Jesus!l you are in my prayers! May the joy she brought help you through the difficult moments. May you rest in the hope that you will see her again one day! Much love to your family!
Mitzi Miller
August 12, 2017
Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Rachel Womack Maloney
Rachel Maloney
August 12, 2017
Kell always brightened One's day . She just knew how to make you feel special. Honored to have known her and to have called her a friend. We will miss her. Sending our heartfelt thoughts and prayers.
Andrea Huseman
August 12, 2017
Dorian & Delia, our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family during this difficult time. Treasure your memories, know that Kell is now pain free, flying high & there is another angel in heaven.
Wendy & Kevin Paul
August 12, 2017
My deepest sympathies. May the "God of all comfort," help to ease the pain of your grief during this time.(1 Cor 1:3,4 (fla)
August 11, 2017
My thoughts are with you...sending much love, light and peace..
Nancy Ochsenschlager
August 11, 2017
Dorian and family, I'm so sorry about your loss, and send my deepest condolences.
Darlene Olivo
August 11, 2017
We are so, so sorry, and at the same time so glad to have known such a marvelous woman. Fly safely, Kell.
Adrienne and Bill Bowman
August 11, 2017
So deeply sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts for you and your family.
Willie Fiske ( New Orleans, LA )
August 11, 2017
Kell was a lovely and unique friend and we will miss her terribly but always remember the light she shone.
Maryvirginia Hughes
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