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Theola Irene Jewell, age 91, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at her home. The daughter of Leo Vern & Erma (Chatterton) Bannister, she was born on October 28, 1920 in Belding. On August 13, 1939, in Belding, she married Robert O. Jewell and together they enjoyed 56 years of marriage and raised three children.

For many years Theola was a poll worker at the voting precincts in Belding and Greenville, had worked at Jolly Kids in Belding, K-Mart in Greenville, and most recently at Quality Cleaners in downtown Greenville. She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5065 in Sheridan, was a member of Greenville Community Church, and in recent years was a member of the Greenville Area Singles.

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert W. “Bob” Jewell on June 4, 1993; and by her husband, Robert O. “Bob” Jewell on Dec. 21, 1995.

Surviving are two daughters, Shirley McCain of Gowen, and Diane Moore of Greenville; a daughter-in-law, Carole Jewell of Greenville; a brother, Donald Bannister of Belding; her grandchildren, Sherri Owen of Grand Rapids, Steven Wright of Florida, Scott Jewell of Wyoming, Aaron McCain of Gowen, Veronica (Tim) Seaman of Gowen, Carey (Aaron) Wagg of Greenville, Roxanne Moore of Lakeview, Bobby Cozort of Greenville, Billie Moore of Sparta, Misty Moore of Lakeview, Fawn (Chris) Daquila of Greenville, Joshua (Cinnamon) Kent of Stanton, and Kotesha Husted of Greenville; twenty-five great grandchildren; and many great-great grandchildren.

Visitation is Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, and on Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. at Greenville Community Church, 6596 Vining Road, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Joel Heron will officiate and burial will follow at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

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  1. Anonymous on April 4, 2012 at 12:00 am


    It’s been 4 1/2 months since you’ve past, You’ve missed so much. Wedding and arrival’s. You may see them spiritually but i’d prefer you to be here personally. I miss you so much Grandma. I miss those day’s i’d arrive at your door step after school. I miss your humor. Journey tends to stare at a picture of you & grandma. So i know for a fact you visit her. I love you so much and the rest of them along with you.



    I Just found out of your death. You were such a lovely Aunt. I will miss both you and Uncle Bob.


    Diane moore

    I miss you Mom very much. I miss not being able to hear your voice or tell u i love you. I know you r with Dad and Bob your son. With angels holding all of u. love.


    Pat Kennedy, Polly (Raby) Denton

    So sorry for your loss.
    I would see and talk to your Mom everytime I was in Meijers.
    My Mom, Pauline (Raby) Denton
    wants to send her sympathy wishes, t0 all of you. Theola was a long time friend of our family.


    Samantha spencer

    You’ll be dearly missed grandma Jewell!


    Tammi & family

    I have never seen a finer couple of dancers than Bob and Theola. I am sure they are listening to their favorite songs in heaven stepping and swinging together.
    May God fill all your hearts and minds with happy memories and good thoughts as you greive your gma/mom and friend.
    Theola will certainly be missed here on earth but what a glorious day for her to be in heaven. Each of you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless, T



    Shirley, I know how close you and your mom were. She was such a wonderful person who loved her family immensely. You have so many memories of great times to fill the void she has left in your life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


    Carrie Mccarthy

    Misty Moore & Family,
    I am good friend of Misty Moore. I am sorry about your loss of your grandma.
    your friend, Carrie(Haight) McCarthty


    Susan Sutphen Loper

    So sorry for your loss.


    Shirley McCain

    Mom, I will miss hearing you laugh when I’d call you with a new joke, I’ll miss seeing your smile and just talking to you about everything. I will miss our trips together, whether they were long road trips or train trips, and just having you in my life. I know we’ll be together again someday, and I’m happy just to know that you are now with dad and Bob and you and dad are dancing together again, and you’re out of pain. I know that when you took your last breathe that Jesus picked you up and carried you to heaven, and that eases the pain and heartache of losing you. You were not only my mother, you were also one of my best friends. I love you mom, and I’ll miss you alot.


    Nancy Courser

    She will be missed by all. The Greenville parade will not be the same this year without her there. Just to name a couple of the things I enjoyed with her. And at the Meijer store “Miss you OLE’ WOMAN”!!!


    Tom Andenno

    Amazing woman…So very fortunate that I had the opportunity to meet her and to spend some time with her…She made my entire trip home a truly memorable one. Thank you Theola.


    Diane moore

    I love you mom.. Give Dad and Bob hugs and kisses from me.



    In a land far beyond my reach
    lightning will show the way
    to a kingdom of love and hope
    where i am bound to stay
    Through the valley of hate and death
    across a deadly sea
    where I beg for forgivness
    In hopes you’ll hear me.
    Through the wind i can feel your touch
    and that i know i’m loved
    if i’m patient and strong enough
    i will make it someday
    I will soon be home.
    I’ll be in the arms of an angel. I love and miss you so much. Every day I’m one step closer to seeing you.


    Grant Bauer

    It’s like I’ve only seen her twice, She was from what i could see a fun loving grandmother/ mother filled with joy and laughter may she be a unique angel on her way to heaven and her body and soul rest at peace


    Roger & Donna Moore

    Our condolences to the family.


    Vance & Bobbie

    As my heart grieves for you, my soul is at peace for you. I know we will meet again for this is not the end. We will love you always Grandma. you are and always will be the best Grandma ever.



    I love you and miss you so much



    Grandma,your going to make heaven shine even brighter!


    Roxanne Jewell

    She will be deeply missed.


    allyson Dressander

    As my grandma Doris Jewell just said, “she danced her way to Heaven” Heaven’s blessed with another angel.


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