Jewel Evelyn Holley Johnson Wood

obit-wood-jewel1912 – 2013

Jewel Evelyn Holley Johnson Wood passed away Oct. 4, 2013.

The Celebration of Jewel Evelyn’s life was held  Monday, Oct. 7 at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel in Weatherford with graveside service at Boonsville Graveyard.

Jewel was born March 18, 1912, in Balsora. She was one of nine children with four bothers and four sisters. Her father brought her a mule so she wouldn’t have to walk to their one room school house in Boonsville. She was a resident of Weatherford where she was a beloved mother and grandmother with five generations under her.  In the 1930s, she fought tuberculosis  in a sanatorium in San Angelo for a few years.

During the 1940s and ‘50s, Jewel worked for Swifts in downtown Fort Worth. This meant riding a bus along with many others from Bridgeport to Fort Worth everyday. Later, she went to work for Green Oaks Inn as a maid then as a supervisor in Fort Worth.  She worked there for more than ten years. She was very active in the Eastern Star for many years and a member of the VFW #2137.  In the 1960s, she broke her neck but emerged from the accident with only a stiff neck. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, quilting, playing cards and attending musicals at laundry mats across Texas. She loved life and being with her family.
Jewel Evelyn Holley Wood was preceded in death by her husbands,  Hugh Johnson and Johnny Wood; daughter, Claudia Thompson; grandson Michael Shannon; granddaughter, Marsha Bell; and great-grandchildren, Chris Shannon, Darryl Gene Thompson Jr. and Dean Caden Wolfe.

Survivors include her   daughter,  Frances Shannon of Azle; brother, Junior Holley; grandchildren, Deborah Shannon of Oklahoma City,  Trudy Thompson, Tommy Thompson and Darryl Thompson all of Azle; 14 great-grandchildren and two steps; 23 great-great-grandchildren  and three steps; and one great-great-great grandchild.

The Azle News,
Oct. 9, 2013 Edition