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COLUMBIA FALLS - Frances Ann Jewell, 86, passed peacefully on December 12, 2015, after a long illness. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Frances was a former communicant of Holy Name Catholic Church in Machias.

Frances was born March 3, 1929 in Tams, WV. She was the youngest daughter of Michael and Mary (Smisko) Dulowe. Her family moved to Warren, Ohio where she graduated from Champion High School. She graduated from Trumbull Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Ohio and completed the Obstetrics Training Program at Boston Lying-in Hospital in MA. Frances married Bernard Jewell on November 27, 1952 in Warren, Ohio. They moved to Pontiac, Michigan - where Frances was OB-GYN supervisor at Pontiac General Hospital and later Director of Nurses at Almont Community Hospital. She took a sabbatical from work to raise her four children while being like a surrogate mother, confident, and friend to many more. The family moved to Fort Wright, KY and then to Atlanta, GA. Frances was a leader in many levels of Girl Scouting, an active volunteer for civic, charitable, and humanitarian purposes, and was an active participant in a number of preservation and conservation projects. Frances worked for Yerkes Research Center at Emory University, where she retired in 1991. She and Bernard moved to Columbia Falls, ME in 1992. Frances truly loved the beauty of Down East Maine and its strong and independent people.

In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her two sisters Beatrice Andresen and Betty Jane Grab and one sister-in-law, Luanne Pugh.

Frances is survived by Bernard, her husband of 63 years and their three daughters, Margaret, Catherine, Elspeth and her husband Tom Blount, and their one son Matthew and his wife Kimberly; by four grandchildren, Brianna Blount, Laurel Blount, Gillian Jewell and Jack Jewell; by four sisters-in-law, Pollyann Jewell, Bucky McConnell, Jan Kear and Nancy and her husband Wade Lowe; by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends; by three cats, Indy, Blue-Boy, and Princes Patty, and by the numerous birds and critters of Windswept Meadows.

The family expresses its sincere gratitude and appreciation for the loving care, compassion and support provided by the staff of Down East Community Hospital and by her devoted friends. Frances requested her remains be cremated and that there be no formal service.
Published on  December 15, 2015
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