She was born on June 28, 1922 in Shelbyville, Tennessee, the daughter of Dolphus Littleton Clark and Mettie Lee Sherrill Clark.
She married Lester Lee and to this union three daughters were born.
She was a hard worker her entire life, starting from the farm she grew up on in Tennessee. During World War II, she worked as a welder in the shipyards at Mobile, Alabama; in her family’s eyes she was the original “Rosie the Riveter.” She later moved to Illinois and constantly held at least one job and sometimes two, always working hard to support her three girls who were the most important parts of her life. In 1989, she moved to Cabool to be closer to her daughters and lived the last 25 years at Grandview Terrace in Cabool.
Jewel was the core of her family. An avid NASCAR fan, the family knew not to disturb her on race day. She was loved and will be deeply missed by them as well as all that knew her.
Jewel is survived by her three daughters, Lynda Casey and husband John of Simmons, Missouri, Shirley Johnson of West Plains, Missouri, and Diane Phillips and husband George of Pomona, Missouri; Jim and Debbie Johnson of Pottersville, Missouri; five grandchildren, Shelly McBroom and husband Dana of Garden Grove, Iowa, Rick Lee and wife Ambre of Valley Village, California, Dina Casey of Houston, Missouri, Sergeant Greg Johnson of Loves Park, Illinois, and Stacy Phillips Dollins of West Plains; six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time; interment will be in the Cabool Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.