Jewel H. Fulghum

June 14, 1928June 2, 2019

Jewel Holden Fulghum, “Grams” or “Grandmommy,” 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Temple Terrace, Florida, surrounded by the abiding love of family and friends.

Born in Tampa, Florida, June 14, 1928, the daughter of James and Nina Holden, Jewel was a beauty queen, valedictorian and cheerleader at Pinecrest High School and frequently sang patriotic songs at assemblies and church. She married Roy E. Fulghum. Together, they raised three strong daughters, Linda, Lori, and Debra. With her positive and gentle spirit, Jewel was the epitome of a Christian woman—filled with God’s grace, goodness, loving kindness and forgiveness for all. Jewel was passionate about baking for others, making cookies with her secret ingredient of “love” for her many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and she believed the most important thing in life was her precious family.

Preceded in death by her devoted husband and best friend of more than 50 years, Roy E. Fulghum, and beloved son-in-law the Rev. Robert G. Bruce, Jr, Jewel is survived by her three daughters Linda Fulghum McIlwain (Dr. Harris), Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD (Sidney McKinney) and Lori Fulghum Steinmeyer, MS, RD, LD; 11 grandchildren Dr. Laura McIlwain Cruse (Hugh), Dr. Kimberly McIlwain Smith (Doug), Dr. Michael McIlwain (Cristina), Virginia “Ginah” McIlwain, Lisa McIlwain, Daniel McIlwain, Robert G. Bruce, III (Claire), Brittnye Bruce Berg (Dr. John), Ashley Bruce Trehan (Sunjay), Jordan Steinmeyer, and Luke Steinmeyer. She was also blessed with her 16 great-grandchildren Bennett, Mason and Rowan Cruse; Jackson, Holden and Tucker Smith; Ella, Grayson and Lucia McIlwain; Paul McIlwain; Zoe Bockenek; Anneka and Lena Berg; Griffin and Madeline Bruce; and Elizabeth Trehan.

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Jewel H. Fulghum

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ken fulghum

June 7, 2019

I am so sorry. Aunt Jewel was such a beautiful and loving person. She lived a long life fortunate enough to be surrounded by a large, loving, and caring family. She and Uncle Roy did a terrific job raising Linda, Debbie, and Lori. She was able to reap the benefits of having her daughters and their large families showering her with love and attention her whole life. She was a special lady who will be greatly missed!

Judy Holden

June 3, 2019

It may sound trite but Jewel was a beautiful person inside and out. She will definitely be missed.