Jewel Ruth just Turned 95
During these weeks I have been focusing on the lives of Centenarians, I received a birthday notice for Jewel. Jewel was in a Bible Study group I attended for several years. Little did I know how old she was. Jewel’s life, as I observed sitting in the same room with her for many years shined brightly of those who live long and strong. I loved her warm greeting each Wednesday morning, listening to her faith as she prayed for others, and seeing her always decked out in her best clothes, jewelry and makeup. I searched on the internet and found an article written about Jewel a few years ago in the Dallas Morning News.
The Wednesday Morning Bible Study
The Bible Study group sent out an email a couple of weeks ago that Jewel had had a little wreck. I believe she was driving to work (at least I think she is still working at Steinmart), but possibly she was driving to pray for a friend. She was hospitalized for a few days and then spent a few days in Rehab. My friend, Kathy, called to check on her and they said she was holding a Book Review for the patients.
Here is the article I found about Ruth. Click here
Let me capture a few highlights from the article by Clare Miers , a Dallas freelance writer, who wrote the story:
- “Jewel Ruth, 93, believes in keeping busy. Most days of the week, she heads to the mall for a good, long walk. “
- “She lives to travel and loves to work.”
- “Ruth works one day a week at the Stein Mart in Hillside Village. For more than 15 years, she has worked in the women’s boutique department, which sells designer clothing, usually for special events and parties.
- “I’ve always been this way. I feel put together to dress and prepare for the day,” she says. “I always laid out my clothes on the bed for the next day, even as a little girl.”
- Ruth and her beloved husband, John, lived an adventurous, happy and romantic life together until he died in the mid-1990s.
- “It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to deal with,” she says.
Ruth took the job at Stein Mart over 15 years ago. After a fall a few years ago, she feared losing her job. “I went into the office and the manager at that time told me to come in when I felt like it. I couldn’t believe it,” she says. “I thought to myself, ‘Tomorrow I will try to make it through three hours. And next week, I’m going to make it five.’”
A Book by Jewel
Ruth has written a small inspirational book called A Walk of Faith (Lovett Press International). It is filled with stories about her hero, her husband, John. The book’s theme is about not giving up.
“You know, don’t give up. People give up. I just never want to give up,” Ruth says.
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