Paula W. Jewell
Concord, NH — Paula Watkins Jewell, 79, passed away on September 14, 2021 at the Granite VNA Hospice House in Concord, NH.
Paula was born in Rural Illinois, as the eldest child of seven, on December 26, 1941 to Paul and Audrey Watkins. Growing up on a farm taught her how to be self sufficient; if she couldn't make it or build it herself she didn't need it!
In 1963, Paula earned her Masters Degree from Eastern Illinois University in Art Education. An extraordinary, yet humble, artist Paula was talented in so many ways. She loved to create; it seemed there was nothing she couldn't make or do. Known in her community for her incredible paintings, she was also a potter, seamstress, cook, baker, crafter, gardener, and builder (she loved her power tools!) She made the most incredible pies from scratch, built her chicken coop with her own two hands, cultivated a majestic garden, and created countless outfits, including her daughter's prom dress.
A teacher at heart, Paula always welcomed the chance to teach others her crafts. Even after leaving education, she loved to teach. Many fondly recall her summer art workshops for the neighborhood kids. Growing up (and even as adults,) if her children needed to know how to do something it was easy: ask mom!
Paula was a practical joker to her core. There are few who have not fell victim to her pranks, especially her coworkers and students at Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH Law) where she worked for 3 decades before retiring in 2008. No one got as much use out of a fart machine than Paula!
Having a passion for science, Paula loved medicine. As a lifelong learner she tried to absorb as much knowledge as she could. She often would say that she wished she were a surgeon. Instead, she lived vicariously through shows like The Good Doctor, Grey's Anatomy, and the Resident.
Paula was an advocate for all animals; especially bats. She was known to share her knowledge with others in hopes of lessening the stigma that follows misunderstood critters like bats, opossums, snakes, and spiders.
A true "people person," Paula was compassionate toward others. She volunteered for organizations she believed in like the Equality Center and the Concord Homeless Resource Center. She cherished her time spent with her friends and family. She looked forward to the mornings she met with her "Panera Group," her "Einstein Bagels Group," her monthly book club, meeting up with the "East Concord Ladies," and especially weekly Sunday brunch and games with her children, Erin and Jarod.
Paula lived a full life and accomplished a great deal. Out of all of her accomplishments, however, she considered being a mother her biggest and best. She will be greatly missed by all.
There will be a graveside ceremony for her and her late husband, Bill Jewell, on Friday, September 24th at 1:00pm at Pine Grove Cemetery in East Concord.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Paula's home on Saturday, September 25th at 11:00am. "And like a glorious, fearless bat, she spread her wings and set herself free."
Published by Concord Monitor on Sep. 17, 2021.