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Wilma Jean Jewell

Funeral services for Wilma Jean Jewell, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2019 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mrs. Jewell passed away at 8:00 a.m., Monday, October 21, 2019 at West Vue Nursing Center.


She was born December 16, 1940, at West Plains, Missouri, to Herbert Eugene White Reid and Olive Bonnie Brixey Reid.  On March 30, 1959, she was married at West Plains, Missouri, to James Ralph Jewell, who preceded her in death on November 11, 2008.  Before her retirement, Wilma had worked at the International Shoe Factory and for a number of years at Ramada Inn.  After retirement she owned and operated a rental business and helped her husband with Jewell Trucking; she enjoyed the many trips they shared together.  Mrs. Jewell enjoyed cooking, taking care of her family and going to and having yard sales.  Wilma loved visiting with friends and family while having coffee and was known for her brown beans, cracklin’ corn bread and pig pickin’ cakes.


She is survived by two daughters, Rhonda Singletary and husband, Dan and Jody Henson and husband, Jim, all of West Plains; six grandchildren, Chad Jewell and wife, Ashley, Brandi Anderson and husband, Trey, Dustin Jewell, Coty Henson and wife, Missy, Dalton Henson and wife, Carlena and Evan Singletary; ten great-grandchildren, Tyler, Emma, Jake, Laken, Hannah, Halle, Mason, Makenna, Camden and Waylon; five brothers, Tom Reid and wife, Mary, Ted Reid and wife, Barbara, Jim Reid and wife, Sharon, Don Reid and wife, Lisa and Kim Reid and wife, Christy, all of Peace Valley, Missouri; one sister, Bessie Busbey, West Plains; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Jewell and wife, Brenda and Larry Jewell and wife, Velita, all of West Plains; one sister-in-law, Terre Hicks and husband, Don, West Plains; and many nieces and nephews.


Her parents, husband, one son, Ricky Jewell, two brothers, John Reid and Robert “Butch” Reid and infant brother and sister, David and Nora, preceded her in death.


Mrs. Jewell will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Thursday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at