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Jewel Garner Massie was born at home to Webster and Willie Florence Garner in Austin, Texas. After 82 years of thinking she was born on May 13, 1929, she received a birth certificate that recorded her birth as April 13, 1928, possibly due to inaccurate birth recordings during a difficult period of depression and racial discrimination.
At the age of 13, she gave her life to the Lord Jesus and was baptized. She attended Olive Street Elementary, Kealing Junior High, and graduated in 1947 from L.C. Anderson High School, home of the Yellow Jackets. She was a member of the band, first as a snare drummer, and then as a drum majorette.
Following high school, she attended Samuel Huston College for one and a half years, studying Psychology.
In 1954, while waitressing, she met a gentleman from Virginia, who was stationed at Bergstrom, AFB, named Marvin G. Massie. On April 5, 1955 they were married. They have one daughter, Jewel Michelle Massie Jones.
After 24 years, her husband retired from the USAF to Austin. Over the years she worked as a Senior Caregiver, at Sims Elementary School, and as a Voting Precinct Worker. She was a member of the Silhouette Club and Mt. Olive Missions, an active member of the Capital City Lioness Club, Abilene-Austin Military Connection, and the Conley-Guerrero Senior Citizen's Center. She was a proud grandmother of 5 and a great-grandmother of 2.
In the many years before her husband's passing to heaven, they traveled and were always on the move throughout the United States. She was blessed to visit the White House and Pentagon under the Obama Administration with the Air Force Refueling Squadron Reunion.
Jewel's husband Marvin preceded her to heaven on December 3, 2014. She mentioned frequently that she "missed that dude every day." On October 21, 2020, shortly after she had listened to their favorite song, I'm sure he was there to welcome her into eternity!
She leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her memory a host of family and friends.
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