Ava “Jeweleen” Smith went to her heavenly home on December 19, 2020 after fighting a battle with cancer. She was 83 years old.
She was born in Spearman, Texas, on April 6, 1937 the fifth child of Leslie Bailey and Lucille (McClellan) Smith.
Jeweleen made her Profession of Faith in Jesus Christ on an Easter Sunday when she turned eight years old at a Baptist Church not far from the family home. She worked at Mrs. Baird’s Bakery for a short time before moving to Tension Envelope and Moody Printing in Fort Worth, Texas most of her working years. She retired from Tension Envelope.
One of her hobbies was making porcelain dolls with her sister, Bonita Beals, and she made many dolls that she has given to various people and family. She knitted in her earlier years and did sewing projects, making doll clothes for some of her nieces. Jeweleen was also an avid reader.
She was preceded in death by 2 children, her sisters, Bonita Beals, Loretta Kinney and Patricia Williams and one brother, Leslie Dewayne Smith, her brother- in-law, Harold Beals, and sister-in- law Betty (Jordan) Smith. She is survived by one brother, BIllymack E. Smith of their home in Weatherford, Texas, and one brother-in-law, Jim Kinney of Azel, Texas. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews: Lonnie Beals, Joan Taylor, Terry Beals all of Elk City, Oklahoma; Jean Whiteneck of Ringwood, Oklahoma; Gail Lovell, Cheyenne, Oklahoma; Daryl Smith of Santa Fe, Texas, Janet Warren, Michel Smith and Susan Deadman of Weatherford, Texas, and many great nieces and nephews as well.
She was a wonderful aunt to all her nephews and nieces and always brought joy into our lives. We loved her and she will be greatly missed.
Her wishes that her body be donated to science was upheld, so no memorial service will be held.
Cheyenne Elementary was one of only four school sites selected from Oklahoma as a National Blue Ribbon School. Cheyenne Elementary School (CES), located two hours