April 27, 1940 - December 25, 2013
Jewel Dean Martin Schreiber “McCarty” was born at 5:23 p.m. on April 27th, 1940 in Durant, OK to Henry and Lillie Bell Martin. She joined their five other children, Richard, Betty, Irene, Mary and Lonnie. Over the next few years, two other little brothers joined their family. When she was 12 years old she, Mary, and Lonnie were sent to live at Whitaker Children’s Home in Pryor Oklahoma. Sister Betty was sent to live with relatives is Dallas, Irene and Richard were already gone from home. Her two little brothers were put up for adoption and she never saw them again.
Jewel graduated from High School in 1958 and she’d also earned her cosmetology license. After graduation, she moved in with her sister Irene, her husband, Tommy and their four children. In 1959, while waiting tables, she met, fell in love with, and married Robert Schreiber. The two of them moved back to his home town of Ricketts, Iowa, where they worked on his farm and had three children, Robbie, Carlene and Randy. She was a stay at home mom and it was a typical day when the three kids came home to a house full of home baked goodies – her cinnamon rolls were a favorite by family and friends alike.
In 1976, Jewel and Robert divorced. Jewel moved to Denison and worked in a beauty shop. She also bartended to make ends meet. In 1978, at the age of 38, she became a grandmother to Heather Lynn.
She met Dale McCarty when he was passing through Denison and they fell in love. She eventually moved to Humbolt, Iowa to live with Dale. She became step-mom to Su, Amy and Dale Jr. Jewel got a job as the Manager of a VFW club in Humbolt and eventually had a home built. Her kids would come to visit and she’d make trips to Denison to see her friends.
In 1986, when she came to Dallas to visit her sister Mary, she made a decision to move back south. She got a job with Tom Thumb and she and Dale bought a piece of lake side property in Wylie, Texas. This became home and they enjoyed watching the sun set on the lake. Jewel & Dale were inseparable and over the next 25+ years they had a lot of laughs and enjoyed going to the horse races, even going to the Kentucky Derby a couple of times.
When Dale got sick with pancreatic cancer, Jewel became his caregiver while continuing to be a cashier at Tom Thumb. Over her years as a cashier, she made life-long friends who were her salvation when she became widowed. Those first few years were extremely hard for Jewel, but her kids made sure she was taken care of and visited her every week.
Jewel retired from Tom Thumb in April of 2008. The day after she retired she bought herself a big flat screen TV and a computer! Since retirement, she not only taught herself how to get on email or check the weather, she got into Facebook and had a running chat group going with her 3 kids where they all chatted throughout the day. Friday nights were reserved for a group Skype session they nicknamed “Friday Night Skype” where Jewel got to spend a couple of hours of face time with Randy, Carlene and Robbie.
During her years as a widow, she reconnected with her sister Betty who now lives in North Carolina. She went there several times and Betty and her family came to Texas to visit a couple times. Betty and Jewel liked to travel and along with some of Betty’s daughters and grandchildren, they ended up going on a cruise to Mexico, a trip to Hawaii, a cruise to Alaska and a trip to Las Vegas. Jewel so enjoyed her trips and would share her adventures with anyone who wanted to listen.
She made many trips to Colorado to visit daughter Carlene and her husband Gary over the years and Carlene came to Texas quite often. In fact, Carlene just spent a week here in September and got to stay an extra day because of all the flooding in Colorado.
On November 20th, when Robbie hadn’t heard from Jewel, she went to Jewel’s home and found her dazed & very confused. It turned out her blood was very thick (which had been causing headaches) and she had low sodium (which lead to the confusion). The Ambulance took her to Medical Center at Plano where she was given extraordinary care. They ran tons of tests and finally on December 9th (her son-in-law, Mike’s birthday) she was released! But because of her weakened condition, she stayed at her daughter Robbie’s house. They had a wonderful week – Robbie would sit on her bed while she sat in a recliner and they’d chat over coffee. That Sunday, Jewel’s son Randy came for a visit while granddaughter, Heather made a lovely Sunday dinner. Before they could eat Jewel had an attack. This time the medics had to use the paddles to bring her back. It was touch and go for over a week. Christmas Eve day, the nurses said her lungs were not improving, in fact, they were getting worse. Robbie and Mike took Jewel’s three great grandchildren to see her after Christmas Mass so she could see how nice they looked. She passed away on Christmas morning around 4 a.m.
Jewel is proceeded in death by both of her parents, the love of her life, Dale McCarty, sisters, Irene & Mary and brothers, Richard and Lonnie. She is survived by sister, Betty Hartong, daughters Robbie Lee (& husband Mike); Carlene Frank (& husband Gary ); son, Randall Schreiber; step- daughters, Su Hand (& husband Cliff), Amy Cruver (& husband, Dave) and stepson, Dale McCarty Jr. granddaughter, Heather Schreiber and great grandchildren, Ryann Elizabeth, Joseph Eugene and Anthony Robert and numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved like her own.
Jewel didn’t believe in excuses – it doesn’t matter where you come from – you CHOSE how you want to live your life. She said what she thought – she was a bit outspoken but that only made people love her more. She was always positive and smiling and ready to laugh. Everyone who met her loved her and her passing is going to leave a big void for a lot of people.
A Celebration of Life service for Jewel will be held at 3:00 P.M., Monday, December 30, 2013 at ARIA Memorial Chapel in Dallas with Rev. Jerry Hays officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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