Betty LaVerne Jewell was born on October 14, 1925 in Cherokee, Oklahoma, to Merle and Hazel Winans. She passed away November 14, 2016, in Enid at the age of 91 years, 1 month.

Betty was raised on the family farm east of Amorita and attended the Amorita School District. She married Alby "Junior" Jewell on July 25, 1945. Junior and Betty raised their three children, daily following the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, faith, and self-control. Betty was a member of Driftwood Christian Church, the Padded Pew Group and the Ladies Birthday Breakfast Club. Betty deeply loved her family and friends. She was commonly referred to by many who knew her as "Grandma Betty."

Betty is survived by her three children, Jo Ellen Tucker and husband David of Bartlesville, Donna Ryel and husband Ron of Tulsa, and Jan Jewell and wife Bobbie of Byron; grandchildren Tandi Hoelker and husband Jim, Kelli Cannon and husband Charles, Anissa McGuire and husband Bret, Janna Horton, Justin Jewell and wife Danielle, Chace Jewell and wife Melissa; 14 great-grandkids, Caroline, Jackson, Sam, Bonnie, Sarah, Molly, Anna, Jake, Hank, Nick, Kutter, Gatlin, Briggs and Emerson; and one great-great-grandson, Ben.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Junior; her parents, Merle and Hazel Winans, and infant baby brother.

Celebration service for Betty was held Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Driftwood Christian Church with Max Boothby officiating. Burial followed at Byron-Amorita Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Cherokee. Online condolences may be made at

Memorials may be given to A and B Firefighters Association through the funeral home.


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