Jewel McGraw

October 31st, 1926 - August 25th, 2021

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. - Colossians 3:14

Biography


Wednesday, August 25, 2021, my beloved Nana, Jewel McGraw, passed away peacefully in my arms at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center following complications during hip surgery due to an early morning fall.


Born on Halloween day in 1926, she led a life of incredible love, faith, resilience, and generosity – from the family farm in Pine Prairie to a lifetime in Oakdale to shorter sojourns in Lockport; Lafayette; Atlanta, Georgia; and Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Her strength, joy and leadership shined during her time as a basketball star; a telephone operator; a member and officer of the Order of the Eastern Star (Worthy Matron), WMU (Women’s Missionary Union), Ladies Auxiliary, Vacation Bible School, First Baptist Church of Oakdale, Oakdale wellness center water aerobics’ crew; and of course as a gentle and devoted granddaughter, daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.


She leaves behind her son, Johnny McGraw; granddaughter, Julia Price; brother, Raybon Carpenter; and a host of loving and loyal nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends in Louisiana, California, Tennessee, France, Spain, Scotland, Lebanon, Turkey, Australia, and beyond.


She is preceded by her parents, Clarence Carpenter and Alma Elliott Carpenter; husband, Charles McGraw; daughter, Brenda McGraw; brothers, Ralph and R.B. Carpenter; sister, Clara Bo Carpenter Campbell; and additional nieces, nephews and friends.


In consideration of the safety and welfare of all her loved ones during the global Covid-19 pandemic, there will not be a funeral. However, you can honor my beautiful grandmother by any/all of the following:


  • watching her video tribute, posting pics and leaving messages

  • making a pot of smoky chicken and sausage gumbo, with rice and potato salad

  • devouring a plate of fried catfish

  • slurping down some creamy vanilla ice cream

  • watching Gunsmoke or Judge Judy

  • laughing, loving and joking with your family

  • and/or donating in her name to one of her favorite charities:
    • Council on Aging: ncoa.org/page/donate

    • Meals on Wheels: meals-on-wheels.com

    • WMU Foundation: https://wmu.com/donate/


Please be safe, and thank you. xo

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About

Name Jewel McGraw
Date of Birth October 31st, 1926
Date of Death August 25th, 2021
Home Town Pine Prairie, LA, US 
Other City Lafayette, LA, US 
Interests Watching the Judges, Gunsmoke, British Bakers, Chris Cuomo, and Lester Holt, Reading, Singing, Laughing, Eating Burger King burgers and ice cream, Going to water aerobics, Going to church
Favourite Saying "What to do? What to do?" "We have a time, don't we?" "Ooh, coffee's so hot, they musta brewed it twice." “My nose itches. Someone must be comin’ with a hole in their britches.” "Please take care of yourselves and each other." (Lester Holt) "We will
Family

Family

ParentsClarence Carpenter, Alma Carpenter
ChildrenJohnny Stuart McGraw, Brenda Joyce McGraw
Grand-ParentsWillis Elliott, Theodore "Buddy" E. Carpenter, Lucinda Nugent, Ida West
Milestone

Milestones

1940 - 1943 Pine Prairie High, High School
1943 - 1945 Telephone Operator, Bell South
1944 Marriage
1946 Birth of Daughter
1950 - 1985 Teacher, Vacation Bible School
1956 Birth of Son
1980 - 2000 Pink Lady, Ladies Auxiliary

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Jackie Y. Ballard published a tribute .

Julie, your Nana was a hardworking lady for the Lord & her church. I worked with her at HDE & she taught me how to work the telephone switchboard. She was amazing & recognized people’s voices over the phone years after they left HDE. We all missed her when she moved to Lafayette. Thank you for taking such good care of her & making her so happy. She loved to share your travels with us.

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Kimberly Neustrom published a tribute .

I often say, "words fail" during times like this, but not for you Julia! What a glorious tribute to your Nana-a Jewel in so many ways and varieties. The unexpected task of her cutting her Grandma's toenails made me laugh out loud. And the photo of her standing by a horse in her youth was a spit'n image of you! I send you love and healing moments as you both celebrate her life and grieve her absence. Your role in her life was much more than a granddaughter and it shone through in your care and comfort of her for so many years. Love, Love

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Mary Perrin published a comment .

Julia, such a loving tribute. She seemed like such a beautiful person, soft spoken and so gentle. You were lucky to have had each other. I wish I had known her. God bless you in your time of sorrow.

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Linda Odom published a tribute .

Oh Julie, this is such a beautiful tribute to Ms Jewel! I tested up watching the video it was so touching. She was a lovely lady and such a good, caring person. I know how much she loved you by how she always talked about you. Thank you for sharing these memories of such a sweet sweet friend. God bless and be with you!❤️

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Kat Mcgraw published a tribute .

So sorry to hear of Aunt Jewels' passing Julie. She was such a beautiful lady. She loved you like no other. You did an amazing job with the photos. Much love, Kat

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Robbie Hutchins published a comment .

Mrs. Jewel was a beautiful, loving, sweet, kind, and gracious lady. She was an important part of our family at First Baptist Church of Oakdale.

I will always miss her smile and the hugs that we shared. She loved people and especially loved her church family. She loved me and I loved her.

Always know without any doubt that she was so very proud of you. She loved you more than you will ever know. I am praying for you. I am praying for God’s strength, grace, and mercy to be in and on your life. God Bless You!!

Your brother in Christ,
Robbie Hutchins

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Abby Richard published a tribute .

We send you our sympathy. This is a beautiful tribute to your Nana Jewel.

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Elise S. Rn published a tribute .

Rest In Peace Mrs. Jewel! I hope you are eating all of the applesauce in heaven :)

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Sam Broussard published a comment .

Listening to Julia speak to Nana on the phone, saying to her, “I love you too, sooo much,” and saying it in Nana’s voice… I’ve witnessed the best that this life can offer.

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Christian Renault published a comment .

Such a great woman. I'll always love her!

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Peter Weyrauch published a tribute .

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” — Henry van Dyke

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Leah published a tribute .

İ have so much love for Ms. Jewell ad İ will check off multiple ways to celebrate her life. İ love you Julia

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