Jewel Deane (Finchum) Murry, 78, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in the Springfield Regional Medical Center.
She was born on Aug. 28, 1933, in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, the daughter of Lonzo and Myrtle (Witt) Finchum.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, James E. Murry on July 11, 2012.
Jewel worked for the Ohio Bureau of Employment Service (now DJFS) in Xenia, retiring after over 25 years of service.
She received the Governor’s Award for State Employee of the year.
She was a member of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) and was a sales leader for the Caroline Emmons Jewelry Company.
Jewel loved to travel all over the world and enjoyed many trips with her family. She especially enjoyed wintering in Florida with her husband Jim.
She was a very loving mother and devoted wife.
She is survived by her children, Jim (Helen) of Middletown, John (Susan), Julie Dietz (Paul), Joe (Kathy), all of Springfield; special granddaughter, Jessica (Herschel) Jones of Wahiawa, Hawaii; grandchildren, Andrew Murry, Sarah Dietz-Eldred (Nathan), J. Alex Dietz, Megan and Jordan Murry; five great-grandchildren; six brothers and five sisters-in-law, E. Allen and Sharon Finchum of London, Michael and Judy Finchum of London, Lonnie and Vicki Finchum of London, David and Judy Finchum of South Charleston, Jeffrey and Georgianna of Findlay, and Richard Finchum of London; one sister, Joyce Robertson of London; sister-in-law, Marylou Murry of Culpeper, Virginia; two brothers-in-law, Glendon Swan Jr. of North Carolina, and Don Womacks of Springfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Thelma Swan.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, in the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME, 830 N. Limestone St., Springfield. A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in the Northridge United Methodist Church. Reverend Ken L. Woode will be officiating. Burial will be in the Paint Township Cemetery.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. D. Singh, Dr. P. Kurian, and the nursing staff at the Springfield Regional Medical Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Mercy Hospice, 444 W. Harding Road, Springfield, OH 45504 or the Northridge United Methodist Church, 4610 Derr Road, Springfield.
Jewel’s door was always open. In her “grace” she shared her gifts and touched the lives of many.
You may express condolences at www.littletonandrue.com.