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Jewell Marie Anderson Martin, a crowned jewel to all who knew her, died Oct. 6, 2015, at the age of 87.
Jewell was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Gretna to Mozelle and William Smith Anderson.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Truby (T.R. Martin); children, Steve (Cindy) Martin and Sandra (Duane) Atwood; grandchildren, Tony (Annette) Martin, Kerri (Alan) Henderson, Ashleigh (Chad) Pasley and Jacqueline (Chris) Nuebel; great-grandchildren, Megan and Cole Henderson, Mya and Madison Pasley; sisters, Joyce Smith and Gloria (Bob) Prindible; brothers, Thornton Anderson and Wayne (Sue) Anderson; several nieces and nephews; her “forever friend,” Jane Hudgins; and her “second daughter,” Carol Carpenter Lane.
As valedictorian of her class, Jewell graduated from Gretna High School at the age of 16. She later moved to Newport News where she joined the civil service. Prior to becoming a homemaker and mother, Jewell was employed as a human computer at NASA, Langley Field.
As a former member and Sunday school teacher at Seaford Baptist Church Jewell was also active in the Steadfast Class and WMU, which she loved. Most recently she was a member of York Baptist Temple in Grafton.
A true servant of God, Jewell loved Jesus, her family and friends with all her heart and lived each day ministering His love by example. She lived her life prayerfully, honestly and humbly while showing great generosity and kindness to anyone and everyone she encountered.
One of Jewell’s favorite ministries was her devotion and pleasure in sending greeting cards. She kept diligent records of names, addresses and milestones for nearly everyone she encountered. While always happy to celebrate holidays, birthdays and anniversaries, she also sent words of heartfelt encouragement whenever she learned someone was sick, lonely or grieving. Jewell lovingly mailed hundreds of greeting cards each year and without fail, she also included a handwritten note along with scripture verses appropriate for the occasion.
While in Jewell’s presence you had her undivided attention … and you never left empty-handed! She always had something to share. As further testament of her faith and belief, “It is always better to give than receive,” she was prepared for your visit with handpicked flowers from her garden, home baked goodies, tomatoes, candy or a beautiful crocheted gift. Affectionately known as the “Candy Lady,” Jewell also gifted children (young and old!) with candy at church each Sunday.
Jewell made friends wherever she went. At the bank, the grocery store, church, nursing homes – everyone knew her and was attracted to her gentle spirit and sweet smile. She left a beautiful legacy of love and compassion to her family and friends.
If you would like to continue to celebrate Jewell’s well-lived life – please do so by following her loving, kind and Christian example.
Her family wishes to express gratitude to Regency Health and Rehab Center for their kindness and support to Jewell through the years. During Jewell’s stay at Regency, the staff and residents became her extended family.
Visitation will take place at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, followed by a celebration of Jewell’s life at 1 p.m. Burial will take place at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Williamsburg.
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