Jewel Dean Jackson Watford • November 30, 2017
Jewel Dean Jackson Watford went to her Heavenly Home November 30, 2017. She was born in Americus, Georgia to Arthur Vado and Josie Mae Jackson. She grew up in Phenix City, Alabama where she graduated from Central High School. Following graduation, she married Donald William Watford, Sr. and started her family. In 1956, she moved with her husband and children to Pensacola where Donald accepted a job with Monsanto.
Jewel reared five children in her home in Ferry Pass where she lived until her death. One of here many talents was turning the garden fruits and vegetables Dad raised in the family garden into memory making dishes and recipes that were sought after by friends and family. There was always extra food to share with family or friends and everyone was welcome in her home. Jewel learned and taught braille so that she could help herself with a special needs son and other families with unsighted children. She was a stay-at-home mom who was well known by each of her children’s teachers. Jewel taxied her children and their friends to many special occasions as well actively participated in their busy lives. In most ways, she was a woman ahead of her time. Just as she taught her son to participate in homemaking and loving more than baseball, she taught her daughters to become independent, self-sufficient women who could provide for themselves, encouraging us to make meaningful contributions to the world. She was always our greatest cheerleader.
In addition to her husband and children, she was devoted to her church family. She was a very open and friendly person who loved to talk and had a genuine interest in other people. Many of her church family knew her as the person to call when someone needed help. She was a very generous and supported the Ensley Church of the Nazarene. Her friends at church were her “adopted family” who blessed her before and during her illness by visiting and keeping her in their prayers. She loved sharing a cup of coffee, a glass of tea, or a meal with each and every one of her church family and friends.
During her later years she enjoyed being visited by her family but also by many who considered her a special friend and perhaps her house a second home. She lived a long and happy life and was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and relatives.
Jewel was preceded in death by her parents, Vado and Josie Jackson; husband, Donald Watford, Sr; son, Donald William Watford, Jr; sister, Willow Williams; brother, James Jackson; brother, Jack Jackson; and brother, Calvin Jackson.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Marcia Williams; Danita Knupp (Ray); and Cindy Allison (Chuck); son Daniel Watford; grandsons, Joseph Williams and Kenneth Knupp; granddaughters, Stephanie Morin (Will), Cathy Mulwee (John) and Amanda Cascone (Joe), and Emily Watford; and great grandchildren, Danielle, Lexi, Jessica, Ashton, Kyle, Autumn, Hunter, Dayton, Cooper, Brianna and Bella; sister, Betty Ellingson (Ron); and brother, Don Jackson (Betty).
A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 11AM followed by burial in Pensacola Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 10-11AM. Those desiring can make Memorial Contributions to Ensley Church of the Nazarene Building Fund 8300 North Palafox Street Pensacola, Florida 32534.