Mrs. Jewel McHugh passed away Monday June 13
, 2022, at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake, Ohio.
Jewel Ella Golston was born in Tipton, CA on April 23rd, 1935, to Joseph Wheeler Golston (AL) and Julia Ann Howard (KY) and had just turned 87 years old in April. She was surrounded by numerous family members who helped to celebrate both her birthday and Easter.
On Jim and Jewel’s first date, he asked her to marry him, much to her brother’s dismay, but there was one stipulation, they could not get married until September 1st. She was puzzled by this but soon found out that he had lied about his age and was turning 21 on that date. At that time, you had to have parent’s permission to get married before 21 and Jim was far from home. So, on September 1st, 1956, in Las Vegas, Nevada they tied the knot, and this became the family story to laugh and talk about while celebrating a birthday and anniversary! Jim and Jewel had three children and lived in California for 10 years before returning to his home state of Ohio.
Jewel was preceded in death by her entire family including her mother, Julia Ann, who passed away when Jewel was just 18 years old and father, Joseph Wheeler when she was 9 years old. This was difficult for her as she often wished she had more information about her mom and her mom’s side of the family. She was the last of her siblings to pass away, she had four sisters; Wanda, Sylvia, Iselle, and Mildred and four brothers Joseph (Claude), Hugh, Hardy and Fordy.
Jewel leaves behind her husband James of 66 years, and her three children Joyce (Dave), James (Letty), and John. She had five grandchildren, Jennifer, John, Joanna, Daniela, and Ariana. She had 6 great-grandchildren as well, Grace, Nicholas, Victoria, Alexander, Genevieve and Christian.
Jewel loved music, going to the opera, and reading (especially romance novels!). Her last days were spent listening to The Phantom of the Opera. She was always there to help family by running errands, going to the grocery store, or having coffee with her sisters-in-law. She loved to play games like Yahtzee, pay the man, and pinochle. She will be greatly missed.
There will be a private celebration of life held for the immediate family. She will be cremated and buried at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in memory of Jewel McHugh.