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Jewell Godwin

August 27, 1926 ~ November 8, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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Jewell Godwin Obituary

Jewell Godwin, Our dear Mother.

Jewell Godwin, passed away at the age of 97, November 8, 2023, at Timber Ridge Assisted Living in McKinleyville, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years Harvey, her sons Gary and Terry, and 8 of her siblings.

She is survived by her sister Jessie of Longview, WA, son Ron (Jen) of Baker City, OR, son Ed (Jennie/deceased) of McKinleyville, daughter Marilyn Terrell (Ken) of Chico, CA, daughter Rita Hogan (Dave) of Tillamook, OR, and daughter-in-law Julie Godwin of Redding, CA. She was grandmother to 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. They each fondly called her Granny Goose, a name coined early on in her grandma career.

Jewell was born on August 27, 1926, at home in Shooting Creek, North Carolina, and was the 6th of 10 children to Melvin and Lena Killian. The family moved west to Vader, WA in 1928. After graduating from high school at the top of her class in 1944, her first employment was assembling cardboard boxes during WWII. At the local skating rink in Vader, WA in 1944 Jewell met the love of her life Harvey Godwin. Harvey and Jewell married in August 1945.

Harvey was drafted to the United States Army-Air Force in 1945 to serve in WWII. They soon began their family with children being born in 1947, 1948, and 1949 in Longview, WA. The family then moved to Myrtle Creek, OR where their 4th child was welcomed in 1953. In 1954 the family found permanent residence in McKinleyville, CA where the family still calls home. In 1957 they completed their family welcoming twin boys. Jewell supported Harvey's logging business as a bookkeeper into the mid 60's.

Jewell traveled back and forth from California to Alaska over a period of 7 years while Harvey logged and cleared land for O'Hanon Bros. Logging. During her time in Alaska Jewell enjoyed the wildlife, learning how to ice fish, and the visits from many family members. In 1984 Harvey and Jewell became joint owners of Seely & Titlow Feed in Arcata where once again she found herself keeping books until her retirement.

Jewell loved to dance and would remind her family she once danced with country music star, Buck Owens, who said she was the best dancer on the floor. Throughout the years she enjoyed sewing, quilting, and canning and her favorite hobby was growing a large garden and beautiful flowers for her patio. She loved playing cards and board games and participated in pinochle games at the McKinleyville Recreation Center.

Our mother's greatest joy in life was her family and spending time together. Vacations, holidays, and reunion gatherings were always her favorites. Everyone loved meal times at Jewell's kitchen and her southern cooking with homemade biscuits and gravy breakfasts were always at the top.

We would like to thank the staff at Timber Ridge for their loving and professional care for our mother. She often complimented how helpful and kind they were towards her. The family will hold a graveside service at Trinidad Cemetery at a later date with a celebration of life to follow.

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