Jewell Callahan 1918 - 2008
Julia "Jewell" Clair Callahan was born Oct. 18, 1918. She was the 10th of 11 children born to Andy and Ann Duzik.
Jewell died April 13, 2008.
Jewell was born at the Duzik homestead on Breeze Basin, west of Craig. She had three brothers and seven sisters. She always told the story about her youngest brother, Andy, being a little taller than she was while they were growing up, but he thought that was OK because she was the right height for him to rest his .22 on her shoulder when he was shooting rabbits and squirrels.
Jewell, as we knew her, was named Julia at birth and was named after her aunt. She got the nickname "Jewell" from her dad, who always called her "His Jewell." The name stuck, but some of her sisters and brothers always called her Julia.
Growing up on their ranch, family members didn't know anything about the Depression or the crash of the stock market. Life didn't change for them. Going to school meant walking or riding a horse. Feeding the animals was a daily chore done before and after school, along with helping with cooking and working in the fields for the family good.
Winters were spent in town and working to help support the family. Jewell started working while in high school as a waitress, among other jobs.
After graduating from the Breeze School in 1936, she worked at various places, including the Parks Cafe.
In June 1942, after World War II, she met and married Robert Lynn and gave birth to her only child, Kathleen "Kathie" Ann, in the winter of 1943. This marriage ended three years later in divorce.
She and Kathie moved to Seal Beach, Calif., where her sister Helen Jones lived. There she met her future husband, Jack Callahan. They lived there for a few years, then moved to Reno, Nev., for a year and a half. They moved to Craig in the winter of 1955.
There, they lived at the old homestead where Jewell grew a garden and milked the cow, then moving to town in the winter.
Jack always said those were the best years he remembered. Jack worked for the Rotary Engineers Oil Co. and later owned and operated The Craig Fire Extinguisher business. Jewell worked at the Midwest Cafe.
After Kathie graduated from high school and married, Jack and Jewell moved back to California in 1962 to care for Jack's mother. They later moved to Kingman, Ariz., in 1974.
While living in Kingman, Jewell and Jack worked at a Youth Detention Center and later bought and operated Callahan's Bar & Grill - a favorite "Irish" watering hole for many locals. Jewell and Jack sold the business to a nephew after about 12 years and remained in Kingman, enjoying their retirement.
Jewell worked as a volunteer at various places, including The Kingman St. Vincent DePaul's Center, along with her sister Margret.
Jewell loved working in her garden, even though the desert left many challenges.
After Jack died in July 2004, Kathie and her husband, Jim, moved Jewell back to Craig that fall, so Jewell could enjoy her remaining family of brothers, sisters and her beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Jewell had a love for all animals, cats being her favorite. You've all heard of "God Given Talents." Mom's was her touch on an animal. The animal could be nervous, jumpy or scared and Mom would lay her hands on it, and it would calm down immediately.
She was always fascinated by young children and made a point to stop to talk to them.
In 2005, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, which slowly took away her memory and eventually her beautiful smile. Earlier this year, she was diagnosed with cancer, hastening her end.
Jewell was one of the most devout Christians ever known. She always remembered family members, birthdays, anniversaries and all holidays with lovely cards that included Bible passages. She truly loved our Lord and showed it in the way she lived.
Jewell was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt and sister, but most of all, she was Mom.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andy and Anna Duzik; grandson Cody James Butts; great-granddaughter Blair Lakoda Stremple; sisters Mary Tomoff, Kay Milligan, Anna McMicheal, Rose Poff, Helen Jones, Margret Marshall, Josephine Fagg; and brothers Mike, George and Andy Duzik.
Surviving family include daughter Kathie and her husband Jim Butts; grandchildren Victoria Angelo of Albuquerque, N.M., Bonnie Lessor of Corpus Christie, Texas, Connie Falcon of Denver, Sheela and her husband Thom Baker of Craig, and Travis Butts of Denver; great-grandchildren, Starla Randall, Steven and his wife Tracy Ross, Nicole and her husband Josh Houghs, Tyrell Emberly, Jennifer Emberly, , Grey, and his wife Danielle Falcon, Evan and Troy Baker; great-grandchildren Gina Johnson, Savanna Johnson, Kensey Johnson, Lindsey Ross, Noha Ross, Ryan Houghs, Zane Houghs and Malila Falcon; many nieces and nephews; her loving caregiver Caroline Bell; her "other daughter" Gloria Smith; and many friends.
Three of Jewell's favorite hymns were performed during her Celebration of Life - "How Great Thou Art," by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," by Patsy Cline; and "Amazing Grace" by Judy Collins.
"I'll Be Seeing You," by Katie Smith concluded the ceremony.