Jewell Marie Smith Skaggs, 84, of Campbellsville, called Jewell by most, Aunt Jewell by some and Mom by her daughter, Jean, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
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She was a wife, mother, aunt, friend and neighbor. Loved by all. She had two very special nieces. One was named after her, Betty Jewell Hinton, who was her faithful visitor. The other is Lisa Rafferty, who gave her special care and understanding.
Jewell was born Aug. 2, 1928, in Campbellsville to Tyler Green Smith and Ina Mae Claycomb Smith.
She professed faith in Christ and was a member of Fairdale Christian Church.
Raised on a farm in Campbellsville, Jewell was no stranger to hard work. She had a love of plants, flowers and animals. All animals seemed to be her friend. She was like an animal whisperer. She even had a pet rooster named Chicken Little that she raised from a chick and was like her bodyguard.
On Nov. 22, 1955, Jewell married her love, William Eugene Skaggs, also raised in Campbellsville. They were married just shy of 55 years when the Lord called Bill home on Nov. 11, 2010.
Together they moved to Louisville, Ky. and then to the little town of Fairdale, Ky., where they made their home. Being a farm girl from the country, she really knew how to cook. Each day if you passed by her home around noon or so you could take in the wonderful scent of the meal she always cooked for Bill before he was off to work on second shift. It might be fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and corn bread or some other tasty meal. And don't forget dessert.
She had a sweet tooth and she made great desserts like homemade chocolate pie, mostly for Bill and Jean, of course! Some days in the fall if you walked into her kitchen, you could get a whiff of whatever she might be canning for the winter. Yes, she was a country girl through and through!
Her love of flowers was very evident when you saw her yard. She would toil many hours in her flower gardens full of irises, tulips, roses, lilies and more. In the spring and summer, you could gaze upon so many beautiful flowers in her yard. The birds enjoyed visiting her yard, too, since they knew she would always keep a feeder full or spread dry bread crumbs on the ground for them.
Her Love of animals was a great joy of hers. Her greatest love was her kitty cats. My, how she adored her cats. She had several very special ones, but never turned down a stray. Her most precious feline was Kitty Lou. She pampered that little one and babied it as if it were a child. But that is just the way she was with her animals.
Probably her greatest love, besides the Lord, was her Bill. After losing him nearly two years ago, she just seemed to begin withering away like a branch broken from its trunk in a storm. She continued to live, but her life's blood had been drained away.
Her daughter, Jean, then found a wonderful "Home of Rest" for her ... the Campbellsville Retirement Home. Everyone there was so good to her, and they had country cooks, too. When her appetite was good, she would enjoy all the tasty treats they cooked up. She loved their mashed potatoes. I'm sure they reminded her of the way she cooked them in the past.
The Lord could see how lonely she was for her Bill and the others who had passed before her. So, on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, he allowed her to drift off and be with her loved ones on the other side. She will be missed by many, but so happy now on that beautiful field of flowers filled with birds, squirrels, cats, dogs, chickens and so much more, but most of all with her Bill.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters, Wilson Smith, Willard Smith, Gene Smith, Blanche Hedgespeth, Vernetta Durham, Lola Little, Betty Gaddie and Roberta Shipp.
Funeral was Monday, Oct. 1, at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville. The Rev. J. Alvin Hardy officiated.
Burial was in Skaggs Cemetery.
¥ This obituary was written by Pam Shofner with love and affection.
Published in Central Kentucky News-Journal on Oct. 4, 2012
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