Jewell (McCully) West was born in Stilwell, Oklahoma on August 29th, 1932 to H.L. McCully and Lucy (Johnson) McCully (both deceased). She left this world peacefully on June 14th, 2019 surrounded by her beloved family.
Jewell is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Bob Lee West. Siblings preceding her in death are, Alyene (McCully) Campbell and husband Paul, Irene Ester (McCully) Williams and husband Haskell, Jack McCully and wife Fern, Joe McCully and wife JoAnne, and brother-in-law Russell Clark.
Jewell is survived by Haskell McCully and wife Wanda of Stilwell and Wilma (McCully) Clark of Stilwell. Also surviving her are her children, Joe David West and wife Kathy of Stilwell and Judy Gail (West) Young and husband John of Pryor, Oklahoma.
Jewell's grandchildren are: Michael West and wife Ashley of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; Rebecca Taylor and husband Joe of Stilwell; Jonathan West and wife Christy of Tahlequah; Mark West and wife Stephanie of Stilwell; and Connor Young and wife Jordan of Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
Jewell's great-grandchildren are: Emily Taylor, Audrey Taylor, Abigail Taylor, Jeremiah Taylor, Joshua Taylor, Esther Taylor, Hudson Taylor, Kate West, Sophie West, Jason West, Olivia West, Sage West, Madeline West and Gavin West.
What a blessed heritage!
Jewell (McCully) West was from a large family of nine. Because of her mother's serious illness, Jewell learned to take care of family at an early age. In 1948, she met Bob Lee West and they were married on February 11, 1950 at the Stilwell First Baptist parsonage. She used her homemaking skills to help around their farm.
She made and sold butter, canned vegetables from their garden, made jellies and preserves, and raised chickens. Her cooking skills were well known and enjoyed by the farmers she fed during the threshing season. While keeping her household running, she always found time to visit with neighbors and to visit church shut-ins.
When her youngest child started school, Jewell decided to get a teaching degree at NSU. She graduated in 1971 and started her teaching career at Zion Elementary School in Stilwell. Although she taught grades three and five, the majority of her career was spent teaching first grade. In 1985, she earned her Master of Education degree from NSU. She enjoyed working with small children and teaching them to read. She has many fond memories of her teaching career.
She retired from teaching in May 1992. Her hobbies included going to estate sales, collecting dishes, shopping for shoes and cooking family dinners.
Jewell and Bob moved to Go Ye Village in Tahlequah, Oklahoma in May of 2014. Their life was extended because of the excellent atmosphere Go Ye Village provided them. Jewell made many friendships and often mentioned how much she enjoyed being there.
Funeral services to be held at 1 pm on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at First Baptist Church, Stilwell, OK with Bro. Joe Taylor and Bro. Paul Tavener officiating. Interment followed at Stilwell City Cemetery, Stilwell, OK under the direction of Roberts/Reed-Culver Funeral Home, Stilwell, OK.