Jewell Carola Hill McGee
Jewell Carola Hill McGee, 92, loved by so many, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Horizon Bay in San Marcos where she had decided to make her home for the past two years.
Where she would spend eternity was decided at the young age of 10 when she made her profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Kyle had been her home for most of her life, living 38 years at the house with the Statue of Liberty in the front yard.
Jewell was born Feb. 9, 1921 in the Heidenreich home east of Kyle, the only child to be born in this house.
Jewell is survived by her sons Bill L. McGee and wife Dianne of San Marcos and Rodney R. McGee and wife Rosemary of Burnet. She was the fun grandmother of seven grandchildren: Heather Menn and husband Bill of Yorktown, Holly North and husband Mike of Kyle; Hope Wilson and husband Kevin of McKinney, Jessica Poole of Round Rock, Courtney Kelly and husband Matt of Dallas, Laura McGee of Austin and Stephen McGee and wife Brittany of College Station. Her great-grandchildren, who fondly called her “Grandma BooBoo,” are Presley Milson and Paige Milson of Yorktown; Caleb, Tanner and Annie North of Kyle, Luke and Phillip Wilson of McKinney and Brock Kelly of Dallas. Jewell was also a loving aunt to many nephews and nieces.
Jewell was preceded in death by her husband Bill H. McGee, her parents Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hill, her brother and sister-in-law Julius and Barbara Hill and great-grandson Joshua David North.
Jewell’s career interests were varied and very fulfilling throughout her active years. After receiving her B.S. Degree from San Marcos Teachers College, she taught homemaking and 4th grade in the Kyle Independent School District and the Schertz Independent School District for 34 years. She enjoyed seeing students she had taught throughout the years and would usually remember their names. They always had fond memories with her as their teacher.
Jewell and Billy were also in the dairy business at several locations around Kyle. She would often help out in the dairy after teaching all day and before cooking a five-course meal for her guys, demonstrating her great level of energy.
In 1970, Jewell and Billy purchased their first rental unit which began a business that lasted more than 40 years. She enjoyed the interaction with the young families who would rent from her, often helping them with furniture needs and offering for them to do odd jobs to subsidize their income.
Some people are good at a few things but Jewell was excellent at many. She was a most wonderful mother and mother-in-law and the most fun and giving granny to her grandchildren. She was extremely proud of her family, often bragging on them to whoever would listen. Not only was she proud of their accomplishments, but more importantly that they were loving and caring individuals.
She was a speedy and precise seamstress, a master gardener, decorator and a pastry baker extraordinaire. Countless people have enjoyed the bounty from Jewell’s kitchen as well as flowers and veggies from her yard. She found great satisfaction in sharing these talents with friends and loved ones. She also looked forward with great anticipation to her yearly family reunions, making sure all her family had the data boldly noted on their calendars.
Jewell was a one-of-a-kind and unique individual that you might meet once in a lifetime. She loved people, and having people into her home for food and fellowship was one of her great loves. At one time she had more red trucks than the early Kyle Fire Department and was often seen about town in her red pickup with her “Jewell” license plates.
She had an upbeat personality, a contagious laugh and could get very tickled at a moment’s notice much to everyone’s delight.
Being a very generous person, Jewell would help family members and others with financial needs and also contributed greatly to her church not only in monetary ways but in service – especially to the “Sonshine Seniors Group” at the church. Those attending the monthly seniors lunch at the church would eagerly anticipate her homemade rolls which she brought in addition to the decorating to coincide with the holidays and seasons. This she did joyfully and with much satisfaction. She will be missed by so many.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Thomason Funeral Home in San Marcos. Visitation will be at Thomason Funeral Home, 2001 Old Ranch Road 12 on Wednesday, March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. A private graveside service will be held prior to the memorial service which will be at First Baptist Church in Kyle on Thursday, March 14 at 4 p.m.
The family would gratefully like to thank the doctors and caregivers at Horizon Bay, Seton Kyle Hospital, CTMC and Regent Care who took such good care of Jewell. We appreciate you so much for making her quality of life easier and so much better.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the building fund at the First Baptist Church in Kyle. You may sign the online guest registry at www.thomasonfuneralhome.com, 396-2300.