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December 1, 2022

11/3/2022 2:45:00 PM
Jewell, Eunice Leonora Barker

Eunice Leonora Barker Jewell passed away on November 1, 2022 at the age of 96.

Born as the morning whistle blew in Crandon, WI on November 3, 1925, the doctor declared that Eunice was "born to work." She began to fulfill this prediction as she helped her parents, George and Carrie (Stevens) Barker and her older brother, George, in their farming operations during the Great Depression. They rented farms in Black Earth, Arena and Clyde, WI, finally settling in Cobb, WI, where Eunice graduated from high school in 1943. Her work continued as she studied at the University of Wisconsin for a year, then earned a nursing diploma at Madison General Hospital.

During her college years she fell in love with the sparkling blue eyes and curly red hair of Ed Jewell. They married at the Cobb Methodist Church on February 11, 1950 and settled on the Jewell farm in Bloomfield, rural Dodgeville.

There, Eunice truly embarked on her life's work as farm wife, registered nurse, homemaker and mother of 7 children. She was employed over the years as a nurse, nurse anesthetist and director of nursing at St. Joseph Hospital, Dodgeville General Hospital and Bloomfield Manor. She received many awards and accolades during her life (Outstanding Young Farmers, Carol Award, Outstanding Homemaker of Iowa County, Grand Master of Farmer's Appreciation Parade) but none of them meant more to her than her family.

She kept up with the details of her 7 children, their spouses, 25 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren (with 4 more expected in 2023). Each phone call or visit was filled with questions about how each family member was faring in work, school, activities and health. Education was extremely important to Eunice and she encouraged her children and grandchildren to pursue knowledge through education and travel. Many of them have earned post-secondary and graduate degrees and extensively lived and traveled internationally. Eunice's interest in other peoples and culture led her family to host numerous individuals and groups from other countries, especially 3 AFS students for one year each: Cecilia from Chile; Alaeddin from Turkey; and Inger from Norway. She considered each of them as part of her family.

Eunice made many people feel they were part of her close and extended clan. She often proclaimed, "There is always room for one more!"

Eunice was a devoted member of the Dodgeville United Methodist Church serving in many capacities over the years and finding strength and comfort in her faith and giving and receiving encouragement from the women of her church circle.
Eunice was preceded in death by her parents and brother, her beloved husband of over 60 years and her AFS daughter, Inger Ohren.

She is survived by her children: Alan & Marcia Jewell, Dodgeville; Susan & Steve Jewell-Larsen, Corvallis, OR; Nancy Spyker, Tallahassee, FL; Dennis & Jennifer Jewell, Ephraim, WI; Janice & Marshall Narveson, San Diego, CA; Mary & David Seidl, Kenosha, WI; Laura & John Nickelson, Batavia, IL; and by her adored grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The family gives thanks to the exceptional caregivers at Crestridge Assisted Living and Memory Care.

In view of Eunice's commitment to farming and to education, any memorials made to the family will be used for scholarships at Dodgeville High School for students from farm families pursuing higher education.

May she hear the words of her Savior, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord."

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 12:30 P.M. at Dodgeville United Methodist Church. Pastor Jim Droste will officiate with burial at Bloomfield Cemetery to follow. Friends may call at the Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., and at the church on Sunday from 11:30 A.M. until the time of the service. The Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home, Dodgeville, is serving the family. Online condolences for can be made at

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