OBITUARY

Jewel Humphries Simons

December 26, 1912June 10, 2019
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Jewel Humphries Simons was born on December 26, 1912 in Enterprise, Alabama and passed away on June 10, 2019 in La Mesa, CA.

Services

29 June

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Glen Abbey's Little Lodge"

3838 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902

29 June

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Glen Abbey's "Little Lodge"


29 June

Committal Service

12:00 pm

Glen Abbey Memorial Park


Bonita, CA

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Biography

Jewel Humphries Simons passed away in her sleep after a long battle with dementia and a major stroke at 106 years of age. Born in 1912 in Enterprise Alabama to Luther and Leon Humphries, Jewel was one of 9 siblings. In 1931 at the age of 18, she met and married Benjamin Powell. They shared 2 daughters: Tommie Grace, born in 1932, and Bennie Ruth (O’Brien) in 1935 (deceased 2008). Tragically, Jewel was widowed in 1936, leaving her to raise their 2 young daughters on her own. Life proved difficult for her during that time, but in 1944 one of her brothers helped bring her and her daughters to San Diego. It was there that in 1948 friends introduced her to Navy pilot William ‘Curly’ Simons. They married in 1949. During his military career, they were posted to Tehran, Iran and traveled into various parts of the Middle East and Europe. They returned to San Diego where they continued to live out the rest of their days. Jewel and Curly enjoyed 49 years of marriage together before his passing in 1998.

Throughout her life, Jewel enjoyed a long career in Federal Civil Service. She eventually retired in 1977, traveling with Curly throughout the United States visiting friends and relatives. Jewel also selflessly volunteered at the UCSD Medical Center gift shop for over 30 years.

Due to her worsening dementia, Jewel moved in with her daughter Tommie in 2011. They continued to travel together until 2016. Sadly, on her 105th birthday, she was moved to Case de Vida Senior Living in La Mesa, where she was lovingly cared for by the staff until her death. Tremendous thanks to the staff at Casa De Vida and all those who helped her enjoy her final years.

Jewel is survived by her daughter Tommie, grandson Steven Powell, granddaughter Kathy O'Brien Compton, grandson Michael O'Brien, and great grandchildren Lacey, Kris and Kody O'Brien.