Jewell Clair Callahan was born Oct. 18, 1918, the 10th of 11 children born to Andy and Ann Duzik. She was born at the Duzik homestead on Breeze Basin west of Craig, Co. She had three brothers and seven sisters. She always told the story about her youngest brother, Andy, being a little taller than she was while they were growing up, but he thought that was OK because she was the right height for him to rest his 22 on her shoulder when he was shooting rabbits and squirrels.
Jewell, as we knew her, was named Julia when she was born. She was named after an aunt. She got the nickname of Jewell from her dad, who always called her his "Jewell," so that stuck as her name, but some of her sisters and brothers always called her Julia.
Growing up on their ranch, they didn't know anything about the Depression or the crash of the stock market ... life didn't change for them. Going to school meant walking or riding a horse. Feeding the animals was a daily chore done before and after school along with helping with cooking and working in the fields for the family good.
Winters were spent in town and working to help support the family. Jewell started working while in high school as a waitress, among other jobs.
After graduating from the Breeze School in 1936, she worked various places including the Parks Cafe.
After the start of World War II, in June of 1942, she met and married Robert Lynn and gave birth to her only child, Kathleen Ann, in the winter of 1943. This marriage ended three years later in divorce.
She and Kathie moved to Seal Beach, Calif., where her sister, Helen Jones, lived. There she met her future husband, Jack Callahan. They lived there for a few years then moved to Reno, Nev., for 1-1/2 years. From there, they moved to Craig in the winter of 1955. They lived at the old homestead, where Jewell grew a garden and milked the milk cow, moving to town in the winter.
Jack always said those were the best years he remembered. Jack worked for the Rotary Engineers Oil Co. and later owned and operated the Craig Fire Extinguisher Business and Jewell worked at the Midwest Cafe.
After Kathie graduated from high school and married, they moved in 1962 back to California to care for Jack's mother and then to Kingman in 1974.
While living in Kingman, she and Jack worked at a youth detention center and then later bought and operated Callahan's Bar and Grill. It was a favorite "Irish" watering hole of many locals. They sold it to a nephew after about 12 years and remained in Kingman, enjoying retirement.
Jewell worked as a volunteer at various places, including the Kingman St. Vincent De Paul's Center, along with her sister, Margret.
Jewell loved working in her "garden" even though being in the desert left many challenges.
After the death of Jack in July of 2004, Jim and Kathie moved Jewell back to Craig that fall so she could enjoy her remaining family of brothers, sisters and her beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Jewell had a love for all animals, cats being her favorite. You've all heard of "God-given talents." Mom's was her "touch" on an animal. The animal could be nervous, jumpy or scared and Mom would lay her hands on it and calm it down immediately.
She was always fascinated by young children and made a point to stop and talk to them.
In 2005, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's that slowly took away her memory, and eventually, her beautiful smile. Earlier this year, she was diagnosed with cancer, hastening her end.
Jewell was one of the most devout Christians ever known.
She always remembered family members' birthdays, anniversaries and all holidays with lovely cards that included favorite Bible passages. She truly loved our Lord and showed it in the way she lived.
Jewell was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt and sister, but most of all, she was Mom.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andy and Anna Duzik; a grandson, Cody James Butts; a great-granddaughter, Blair Lakoda Stremple; sisters, Mary Tomoff, Kay Milligan, Anna McMicheal, Rose Poff, Helen Jones, Margret Marshall and Josephine Fagg; and brothers, Mike, George and Andy Duzik.
Surviving family includes a daughter, Kathie (Jim) Butts; grandchildren, Victoria Angelo of Albuquerque, N.M., Bonnie Lessor of Corpus Christie, Texas, Connie Falcon of Denver, Sheela (Thom) Baker of Craig and Travis Butts of Denver; grandchildren, Starla Randall, Steven (Tracy) Ross, Nichole (Josh) Houghs, Tyrell and Jennifer Emberly, Grey (Danielle) Falcon, and Evan and Troy Baker; great-great-grandchildren, Gina, Savanna and Kensey Johnson, Lindsey and Noha Ross, Ryan and Zane Houghs and Malila Falcon; along with many nieces and nephews and their families; her loving caregiver, Caroline Bell; her "other daughter," Gloria Smith; and her many friends.
Three of her favorite hymns were performed for her celebration of life: "How Great Thou Art" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" by Patsy Cline, "Amazing Grace" by Judy Collins, and at the end of the ceremony was "I'll Be Seeing You" by Kate Smith.