Arnita Marie Jewell

October 19, 1935February 23, 2021

Arnita M. Jewell, 85, of Canaan passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2021 in Skowhegan, Maine. She was born October 19, 1935 in Temple, Maine, the daughter of Albert and Margaret (Mace) Redlevske.

She graduated from Skowhegan high School.

She married Lee Jewell on March 18, 1960, he passed on February 2, 1991.

Arnita spent 40 years as a beautician having her own shop in her home, she worked on the farm, and she also made pottery and jewelry. She worked as a substitute teacher for SAD#54 for several years and she also milked cows for 10 years. Arnita, was a “Jill” of all trades.

When she was a girl she worked at the Fairfield Creamery.

Arnita, was fiercely independent. She always had family gathering at Christmas and Thanksgiving, she never missed her kids sporting events when they were growing up, and she especially loved being a Nana, Gram and Grammie to her grandchildren. They were her life.

She is survived by her children; John Rugan and his wife Becky of Chelsea, Judith “Julie” Rugan of Canaan, Jeffrey Rugan of Canaan, Lawrence Rugan and his wife Katherine of Durham; her grandchildren; Nicole Rugan of Biddeford, Shelby Kelley of Woolwich, Brianna Palmer of Augusta, Angel Rugan Pesenson and her husband Michael of Austin, TX, Stacy and her husband Robbie Towle of Skowhegan, Casey Rugan and significant other Aaron Bowden of Skowhegan, April Frank and her husband Chris of Cornville, Jasmin Rugan of Stetson, Jeremy Rugan of Casco; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. She also leaves her siblings, Helen Tibbetts, Clarice Redlevske, Jackie Clifford, Robert Redlevske, Sonja Lancote and Leatrice Knight.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Lee Jewell, her brother Richard and her sister Florence.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at the Fairview Cemetery in Canaan, Maine

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine. Anyone who wishes to leave the family messages can do so on our website at –


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Mike & Betsy Holt

February 27, 2021

John, Julie, Jeff and Larry:
So sorry to read of Mom's passing in the newspaper, we sat and reflected about our memories of Mom.
Mike remembers working for Lee as a teenager spreading manure building fence, the typical farm lunchtime Lee would say "come in for lunch" he remembers the great cook Mom was.
Or how about being the basketball team "taxi" back in the day when Don Holmstrom was the coach.
Or how about Mom doing my hair for our wedding in 1976.
We still call the farmhouse Lee and Arnita's and how the house was decorated at Christmas with blue lights, Mom's favorite color?
Isn't it amazing the things we remember, you were all fortunate to have her as your Mom.
Know she will be remembered always.
Rest in Peace Arnita and thank you for all you did.
Hugs to all, Mike & Betsy

Kathleen Perelka

February 26, 2021

I remember Arnita with such fond memories. As a kid growing up in Canaan, we leased pasture land to Lee Jewell and Arnita sometimes accompanied Lee when they’d come down to the farm.
I remember that Arnita had a big laugh and she was always nice to my sister and I. And I thought she was so pretty.
I always visited with her for a bit at town meetings and she would hold onto my hand and ask about my sister. And she would always reminisce a bit about my parents and Lee.
Ten or twelve years ago when we were trying to prevent Canaan Grange from going under, I would contact Arnita to make sure she’d come to the dinners at the hall. She was happy to be called and sometimes came to the dinner. I was always so happy to see her and she certainly seemed happy to see me. Childhood memories are sweet and Arnita was always sweet to me. I feel lucky to have known her.

Russ & Judy Lanphear

February 26, 2021

To the Family of Arnita Jewell - So sad to hear of the passing of Arnita. She was such a great lady and we so enjoyed her trips to Vermont to visit, as well as our trips to Maine to enjoy her cooking.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you... Russ & Judy

Linda Mace

February 26, 2021

I was very sad to hear of her passing. She was a cousin, even though we were 25 years apart. We didn't see each other much over the years, but I did re-connect with her at a family reunion a few years back. It was great to see her there. When I was a kid, I remember her as being a fun person. I want her family to know I am thinking of them and sad to know that she will be missed by everyone.

Marc Poulin

February 26, 2021

My condolences to the family of Arnita for your loss. Sending good thoughts and prayers. May the good memories ease your pain at this time.

Don Holmstrom

February 26, 2021

Anita was very helpful and supportive of Canaan Elementary back in the days when I was a teaching principal and coach there. She along with several other parents helped us to get to our sports team’s away games and practices. She did her share of rooting for us when we played too! John, Julie, Jeff and Larry I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. Don Holmstrom

Charles Moody

February 26, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Anita was a Wonderful an strong willed woman. Will be missed. My thoughts an prayers for all the family.

Judy Russell

February 26, 2021

Your mother is large part of you childhood memories. I remember her wonderful laugh and big smile. She always gave me small tubes of lipstick, Avon I believe. Thinking of your family and your loss.
Judy Rogers Russell
Bob and Barbara's daughter