Lucille Jewell

Bowdoinham – Lucille Leonard Jewell 92, energetic mother, teacher, gardener, bird watcher, Girl Scout leader, tennis player and cribbage enthusiast died at home on December 31, 2012. Lucille was born on January 17, 1920 in Wilmington, Delaware daughter of Lucille (Putnam) Leonard and Newton Peckham Leonard. She grew up in Providence RI with her younger sister Nina where their parents were high school teachers. Lucille graduated from Mount Hope High School in 1938 and went on to Bates College where she earned a degree in Biology. She graduated Cum Laude in 1942. Lucille often recalled family summers of her youth at Common Fence Point on Narragansett Bay as well as a memorable bicycle trip through Europe with a student group led by her father. Lucille met Malcolm L. Jewell at Bates and they were married on August 15, 1942. Their first home was in Northampton Mass where they worked in Springfield in support of the war effort. Their first child Nina Lee was born in Springfield in 1943. Shortly thereafter Malcolm joined the Navy and Lucille and Nina moved to Providence to live with her parents. There, her second child Stephen was born in June 1945. After the war, the small family moved to Malcolm's family farm –Keewaydin-- in Bowdoinham. While Malcolm worked in Lewiston, Lucille busied herself raising the family at the farm. 1949 saw the birth of Jeffery Fisher, followed by Katherine in 1951 and Jeremy Chase in 1953. In addition to her growing family, Lucille helped raise a variety of farm animals over the years, as well as lush summer gardens. She canned and preserved vegetables and fruits and churned butter from the cows' milk. The Jewell children looked forward to their weekly trips to Brunswick where she sold her homemade butter. As the children got older each summer Lucille invited exchange students from abroad to the farm. She entertained students from England, France and Japan. When the children were grown, Lucille expanded old interests and embraced new pursuits. While she had always enjoyed welcoming the song birds to her garden, she became a founding member of the Merrymeeting Audubon Society. Lucille planted perennial beds to complement the well-established vegetable garden. She became an active tennis player and somehow during these years had time to earn a Master’s degree in Education and teach mathematics. She and Malcolm became energetic travelers and visited many of the countries of Europe. We all recall her dedicated involvement with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick. Every year she prepared great quantities of chowder for the 'Annual Christmas Fish Chowder Luncheon'. Winter always found Lucille creating another beautiful braided rug for family and friends. Lucille was predeceased by Malcolm L. Jewell (1920-2008) husband of 66 years, Katherine J. Fiori (1951-2008), Jeremy Chase Jewell (1953-1967) and Jeffery Fisher Jewell (1949-1950). She is survived by her sister Nina Sloan of Jefferson Ferry, New York, daughter Nina J. Mendall and her husband Peter J. Mendall of Bowdoinham, and son Stephen P. Jewell and wife Patricia B. Jewell of Barre, Mass. Lucille leaves seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Special thanks go to her devoted daytime companion for the past four years, Beverly Pulk, of Brunswick. A celebration of Lucille's life will be scheduled at a later date.