Jewel Maxine Nafus was born August 8 in 1919, Barry County, Missouri, near Mineral Springs. She is the youngest daughter of Stella Beeson Nafus and Andrew (Pete) Nafus. The family moved in 1923 to Lamar, Colorado, for Stella's health.
Jewel and her sisters received their educations in many different schools in Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska.
Jewel graduated from high school in Gothenburg, Nebraska, in the spring of 1938. She entered nurses training at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, on May 17, 1938.
A car accident interrupted her education in September, 1939. She went to Yampa, Colorado, to recuperate and the love bug bit! Jewel Nafus and Arvel Bratton were married November 19, 1939, in Rawlins, Wyoming. They were blessed with two beautiful children, Arvel Lawrence Bratton, Jr., born May 1, 1941, and Judy Janeen, born April 22, 1946. They lost their son on April 16, 1981.
Many years were spent in Grand Junction, Colorado. Jewel worked for 30 years as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist continuing her studies at Mesa College in Grand Junction. While in Colorado, Jewel spent several years working with Dr. Geno Saccomanno in his nationally recognized cancer research.
While always busy with work and family, Jewel and Arvel found time to share their love and guidance with orphaned children.
On returning to Missouri, Jewel continued working as a Lab Tech at St. Vincent's Hospital in Monett. Arvel had retired from National Cylinder Gas. They purchased the farm at Mineral Springs, which had originally belonged to Jewel's parents.
From August 2006 until her death, March 17, 2008, she resided at Red Rose Inn, Cassville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Stella Nafus; husband, Arvel Lawrence Bratton, Sr.; son, Arvel Lawrence "Larry" Bratton, Jr., and two sisters, Corine Smith and Ferrel Summers.
She is survived by her daughter, Janeen Rowsell, and husband, Lynn, and two grandchildren, Jackson and Nicole.
She is also survived by a very special friend, like a part of her family, Shirley Smith.
Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2008, in First United Methodist Church, Cassville, Missouri, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Interment will be in Grand Junction, Colorado. Paid
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