Obituaries

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Feb. 26, 1931 – Feb. 21, 2014

Jewel passed away Feb. 21, five days before her 83rd birthday. She was born in Atkins, Ark. to the late Wilbur and Okla Jones, the oldest of 15 kids. As a child growing up during the Great Depression, she worked in the cotton fields after school and helped look after her many brothers and sisters. She finished high school in Marysville, Calif. where she met her future husband, Richard Wood, who was stationed at Beale Air Force Base. They were married in Reno in 1960, then moved to Alameda to start a family. She and Richard had three strong sons, who admired her for her grace, guidance and caring touch when they were struggling in school, at work, or sick. Jewel truly personified the feminine ideal of the “Greatest Generation.”

She was a loyal American, loving mother, grandmother and friend. She had an amazing work ethic, cultivated at an early age, and worked many jobs, including nurse’s aide at Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville, as a sales assistant at Montgomery Wards, and for 17 years as an LVN at Lake Park Retirement Home in Oakland. Jewel loved gardening, dancing, watching baseball, and spending time with family. She had an amazing garden and array of plants, which always thrived under her care. In retirement, she learned to dance. She loved to square dance and do the Cha Cha. Her favorite team was the Oakland Athletics, and Mark McGwire was her favorite player.

She loved holidays and birthdays, and never missed a chance to send a card or word of encouragement to family or friends to brighten up their days. She is lovingly remembered by her three sons, Steven of Alameda; David of Albany, Calif.; Carl of Reno; her dear companion and dance partner, James Massey; Richard, the boys’ father, her seven grandchildren, as well as extended family members and friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 3 p.m. at Faith to Life Christian Church, 601 Spokane St., Reno. Call the Neptune Society: (755) 582-8575 for more information.

Nov. 9, 1922 – Feb. 22, 2014 Longtime Resident of Alameda

Marjorie Taylor passed away unexpectedly in Oakland on Feb. 22, 2014, at the age of 91. She was an Oakland native and a longtime resident of Alameda.

Marjorie was a graduate of Alameda High School class of 1940 and a member of the Catholic

Born in Boston and a resident of Alameda for 44 years, Edward Lee passed away on Feb. 15, 2014, at age 83 of dementia.

Survived by his wife, Mary Creek Lee and his daughter, Anne Marie Lee, both of whom he loved dearly. Survived also by his sisters, Ginny Lee of Mill Valley, Marie Lee of Melrose, Mass., and brother, Col. Jack Lee (Ret.) of Shreveport, La., as well as by nieces and nephews.

Former member of Teamster Local #70. A funeral mass and reception will be held at St. Albert’s Church, 1022 Holly St., on Bay Farm Island at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1.Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn., 1060 La Avenida St., Mountain View, CA, 94043-1422.

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