Melitha Jewell

Graveside services for Melitha Jewell were held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Royal Archer officiating. Inurnment was in the IOOF Cemetery. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Melitha was born on January 30, 2016 in Henderson, NE. She was the fifth oldest of 15 children born to Carl and Eva Kerner. The family moved to Gregory in 1919 where the ten younger children were born. Irma, the eighth child, born on July 15, 1920, passed away on September 9, 1920. All of the remaining 14 children lived to adulthood. In 1936 Carl went to Shoshone, ID and bought a farm. This move was caused by the ‘Dirty Thirty’s’ in South Dakota. Melitha, her sister and two brothers, moved to the new farm to set things up for the family. They set up the farming operations, raised a garden and canned all the food for the arrival of the rest of the family. The family arrived in Idaho one year later. Melitha met Jack Jewell in Gregory when they were kids. In 1939 Jack went to Shoshone, ID and married Melitha on March 8, 1939. They returned to Gregory to farm and start a family of their own. Their son, Jerry, was born April 6, 1942 on Jack’s birthday. The couple farmed until 1947 when Jack and his brother, Bill, bought a hardware store in Dallas. In 1954 Jack and Melitha became sole owners of the hardware store. When the R.E.A. was formed, the farmers had electricity and were able to have pumps for water on their farms. That’s when Jack started doing plumbing. Jack passed away on December 8, 1982. In 1983 Melitha moved back to Shoshone, ID, to be close to her sisters, brothers and families. In June of 2007, Melitha moved to Spokane Valley, WA, to be close to her son, Jerry, and his wife Debi. On September 24, 2016 she passed away at 100 years of age. She is survived by her son, Jerry, and his wife, Debi; only grandson, Mark Jewell; his mother Donna Simmons; three great-granddaughters; one great-great-granddaughter; two great-great-grandsons; two sisters and two brothers still living in Idaho.

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