Aurianna PELL

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PELL, Aurianna "Ria" "I would like to be buried in my best overalls, white dress shirt, bow tie, plaid pork pie hat, and my favorite boots." -Ria Pell Atlanta lost its 5'10" big mouthed, perfect flat-top, gay mayor on Sunday, November 24, 2013. Ria Pell was 45. Aurianna "Ria" Raae Pell was born on March 10, 1968 in New Jersey, but was bred with Southern attitude. She lived as a sweet charmer, a dirty fighter and a generous chef who wouldn't let anybody leave her house hungry. Ria took care of business from dawn until dark, and that usually meant taking care of other people - at both the breakfast table and her designated bar stool at every dive bar in town. She single-handedly kept liquor stores and tattoo parlors thriving in the greater metro Atlanta area. Ria took her time...all the time. She said what needed to be said. She taught pirates to be bad, skater punks to be good, and all of her friends to be better. Ria carved out space as a chef and business owner, and Ria's Bluebird -a vanguard in the Grant Park neighborhood- recently celebrated 13 successful years. Her supper club Sauced in Inman Park was a seasonal rotating menu of her culinary talents. At her impressive Tye Street "man cave", she was known to host tremendous feasts; many of those dishes would become Sauced favorites. Ria's brisket could make a grown man cry, her vegan chili won accolades, her country fried tempeh made carnivores into vegans while her short-rib beef wellington made vegans into carnivores, her lemon icebox pie was unforgettable and perhaps her simplest but most famous dish was her signature caramelized banana pancakes. But Ria's generosity extended beyond the kitchen--she took on the role as a supporter, a leader and a family member to countless people in widespread communities. Though neither technically L, G, B, or T, Ria's queer butch love created space all around the country for people to be their true selves. Her commitment to building a better world for all people included arranging rock benefits for surgeries, making chili for wakes, coordinating and participating in food donations for activist events and supporting local artists. Folk music "gave her a rash", however Ria had an extensive blues, punk, and jazz record collection and moonlighted as DJ Hawg-Tied. A winner of many deep-fried Southern womens' hearts, Ria also won the cooking competition TV show "Chopped" in 2012 in a whirlwind of pork rinds and Danish shortbread. She loved muscle cars and old-school trucks. Ria liked to tell a good story, she could share the stage and she made a dramatic exit. Ria is survived by her mother Vibeke Pell; father Ron Pell; wife Kiki Carr; brother Erik Pell, his wife Shannon and their children Zackary, Casey, and Gavin; cousin Denise Kirkaldle; partner Karen Portaleo and her whole community wondering where she buried the treasure. The week Ria died, she received one of the greatest gifts of her life when she reconnected with her birth daughter, Amanda Ackerman. Ria would be proud to know that Amanda now has not 1, but 400 new moms who will be available for tall tales, embarrassing stories, and full-on love and support. Amanda will learn what we have grown to know as true: Ria Pell was an all around beautiful lover of life and her treasure is what she left in people's hearts. Services will be held at the Westview Cemetery on Saturday, November 30th at noon at 1680 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta GA 30310 and the wake will follow at Ria's Bluebird at 421 Memorial Drive SW, Atlanta GA 30312.
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 28, 2013.
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46 Entries
Always in our hearts.
Kelly McGlaun-Fields
Friend
November 22, 2020
When I go up the stairs I am always met with a picture of you... smiling and it warms me. It makes me feel strong. I hope somewhere in the ether it gives you comfort to know you live on in so many peoples lives. Just the other day I as looking at the cookbook you gave us when we got married and how you loved this book. I think I will make something from here to share.... and remember you. Love you always....
Zoe Fain
Friend
November 22, 2020
I did not know you but wished I had I hope your soul is soaring with others
Katy Mitchell
September 26, 2014
She sounds like a fun person who left too soon.
Beth
July 10, 2014
It is wonderful to know your impact on the people you met in your life and how much you mean to them and for that I am sad for our loss.
December 3, 2013
My husband and I met you only once, at you restaurant, Sauced. It was the night of, or just prior to, the Chopped episode airing on TV. You mentioned a party you were going to be having, and though you wouldn't tell us what the outcome would be, you glowed with pride and I guessed you had won. You served us pork rinds for a bar snack that were so delicious, I melted off the bar stool. We chatted with you just briefly about the show and the food we had ordered, and it was clear you had a passion for feeding bellies and souls. You've left a lasting impression and I only met you for a moment. Your family and friends are blessed to have known you. Thanks for being awesome. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Carla
December 1, 2013
Rest in peace my friend.
Patrick Jenkins
November 30, 2013
~~My thanks and appreciation to the family member(s) that wrote the obituary. Most impressive for a distinct indivdual.
~ckb
November 30, 2013
May the lights of heaven's gates lead your way home...may you transcend into the open arms of the ALL DIVINE encompassing embrace...the radiant love and joy for HIS people the smile of your face...while we here will long remember and miss your style...we all know that we only came for a little while...but in the few way to short years that your presence was here...you left a legacy of love in our community that we will always hold dear...Rest In Paradise my sistah...peace & blessings...xoxoox
M'Karyl Gaynor
November 30, 2013
Ria, Mike & I are heartbroken, that you were taken from everybody so soon. God has a new angel.
Jason Greene
November 30, 2013
It hardly seems possible…this world without you. We can all only hope to touch lives the way you did…and will continue to do. All the big, sexy love to you…forever and ever.
Angela Russell
November 30, 2013
We were all better to have known you and you certainly left this world a better place when you journeyed on.....You are still here in our hearts.
Richard Bicknell
November 29, 2013
Ria, though it has been many years since i have seen your smiling face, I miss you. You took me in way back in the day and showed me kindness and a lot of laughs! Your spirit will shine on forever!
Tracy Ledford
November 29, 2013
Thank you for the gift of sharing your life. May you rest in peace.
BT
November 29, 2013
A beautiful person with a beautiful soul you will be forever missed.
Stephanie Barnett
November 29, 2013
Gary and I will never forget you and thank our lucky stars for 25 years of friendship. You will shine forever dear Ria.... forever. We love you.
Zoe Fain
November 29, 2013
May your spirit and hungry love of life live in all of us
Rita V
November 29, 2013
Ria was a true gem! She literally dragged me out of the darkness and into the light in my twenties. She set me on a better path and gave me a way out. For that and her friendship over the years, I will always be grateful. Aside from that, Ria's ability to be such an authentic person who lived life so fearlessly is awe-inspiring to me. She will echo throughout our lives and this city for years to come.
Megan Eckert
November 29, 2013
This neighborhood will not be the same without Ria. Can't believe she is gone.
Nicole & Gerie Gilbert
November 29, 2013
Ria, Marched to a different drummer. She was witty, quick thinking, and a loyal friend. Ria, was bigger than life itself, her smile made you smile, she was a good and decent person. Ria, rest in peace, my friend.
Paul Zucca
November 29, 2013
Ria was one of the first people i met when I moved to Atlanta in 96. We opened The Brewhouse together. I was the floor manager she was the kitchen manager. She cooked one of those "huge feasts" at our house my first thanksgiving in Atlanta for all us orphans. Sweet, smooth n southern id never met ANYONE like Ria. Still never have. My heart goes out to her family, her wife and all of my Atlanta family that are hurting so much. I know she is in good company up in heaven.
Traci Park
November 29, 2013
You will always be in our hearts. You were a rare and amazing person <3
Zet Devine
November 29, 2013
Ria was one of the most loving and caring people I have ever known. She always took care of everyone and was first to offer a helping hand. Every picture I see reminds me of her bigger than life personality that spread a love of life and having a good time. The world is definitely a better place and my life a better life for having known Ria. All my love and thanks for all you've done for everyone Ria! - Lorelei
Lorelei Oriz
November 29, 2013
Your weekly hugs will be missed. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better person. Thank you for the support of my team and program. Many kids made it because of you.
emily taylor
November 28, 2013
Ria was one of a kind. She took care of me in the pit at shows and taught me to stand up for myself. She was a true aand honest friend to have. No one else can compare.
mel stone
November 28, 2013
Ria, you were a personal inspiration. You set a high bar with your standard of personal excellence and ambition, tempered with patience and understanding. You challenged us to be more than the sum of our parts. You were fearless. I will miss you and keep you alive through thought and deed.
Keet D'Arms
November 28, 2013
Winter is coming to Atlanta, and it will forever be a colder darker season without the fire and light of Ria's beautiful soul; that huge roaring fire by which so many of us were able to warm our hands and hearts whenever the chill of the world threatened.
Mindy Jaques
November 28, 2013
Ria you were one of the shining stars in my life. You courage and determination was amazing. Your with me forever.
Ernie Dale
November 28, 2013
sara nesselbush
November 28, 2013
Ernie Dale
November 28, 2013
Ria, I always enjoyed it when you came into the store I worked in , in L5P, or if I saw you out and about you always had a smile for me. You are a ray of brilliant light beaming out in space now, for all to see and love!
patty
November 28, 2013
Years ago, I found myself in a pharmacy line behind a very large person with HATE tattooed on the back of her neck. I kept a respectful distance. At home, when I described her to my younger daughter, she told me that that was Ria and that I would really like her. She came to Athens to visit after my granddaughter was born. She arrived carrying a very old, very fat bulldog up the stairs to our side porch, My daughter was right. I did like her very much. RIP, Ria
Kelly McGlaun-Fields
November 28, 2013
I never met you personally. But your food improved my temperament many Sunday mornings. Many of my friends who do know you personally say nothing but beautiful things. I can only hope to live my life in a way to have people remember me with such love and warmth.
Eric Reber
November 28, 2013
While I cannot say we were the closest of friends, Ria and I talked together on a number of occasions, and I really appreciated her. I will miss her.
Kevin J.
November 28, 2013
Ria ~ You are an example what leaving the best behind is about. In the end, whenever our time shall be, may we all leave a legacy of a trail of positivity & inspiration & (of course) FAB tales and stories to share for always. Shine On Ria. Shine On.
Through Kiki, you will.
Gladecia
November 28, 2013
You did what you have to do and be a good person for that everybody will miss you but you all ways be in are hearts.
w Vega
November 28, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
V Austin [ 2 Corinthians 1: 3,4 ]
November 28, 2013
I was lucky to get to talk to Ria at The Blubird's 13 anniversary party. Her friends all had a blast as usual when she hosts anything.
Bright stars burn hot and we miss their lights the most
CHRIS TINSLEY
November 28, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Rev. 21:3, 4 ~ Kim
November 28, 2013
I didn't know Ria personally but, I have friends that did. And I must say that by what I've been reading lately via Facebook, etc. I must say she seemed like such an amazing soul. My thoughts are with her family and friends left behind ?
Patty Cakes
November 28, 2013
We love you Ria. Rest in peace.
Christohper Stapleton
November 28, 2013
Ria's presence and energy touched every one lucky enough to pass through her world. She is a true legend and we are so sorry for everyone's loss.
Shannon Smith
November 28, 2013
I knew Ria when she was a teen. Our little gang of friends would go to Aker's Mill theater to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show almost every weekend. And we'd usually hang out till dawn afterwards at Steak & Shake or someone's house. We had a blast. I lost track of her when she went off to school, but she was always one of the coolest, sweetest, funniest, most memorable people I have ever known. I was so proud of her success. I wish I had gotten the chance to reconnect with her before it was too late. Life is so fragile. And time is so short. Let's all hug someone we love today and be thankful that we got to know this amazing dynamo. </3
Deb Mac
November 28, 2013
Love you and miss you Ria.
Melissa Morrow
November 28, 2013
the world is darker without your smile...
Maikl
November 28, 2013
To Family and Friends the death of a love one pains our heart. May you draw strength from our Father the God of Comfort.
g
November 28, 2013
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