|Beulah Virginia Jewell
Beulah Virginia Jewell 1
Beulah Virginia Jewell Hitch, 88, of Rossville, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, passing away peacefully at her home on Monday, October 15, 2012, surrounded by family. Beulah was born in Logan, West Virginia on January 3, 1924. She was the daughter of Henry C. and Bertha M. (Pruitt) Jewell. Beulah was the 6th child born into a family of 16 children. At age 17, Beulah left her family's mountain home in Virginia. During World War II, she was employed as a "welder" in the Navy shipyards in Norfolk, Virginia. She became one of the many "Rosie the Riveters," a term for the American women who worked as welders and riveters during World War II replacing male workers who were serving in the military. It was in the Navy shipyards in Norfolk, Virginia where she met her husband, Harold Glen Hitch, who was serving in the Navy. Harold and Beulah were married in South Mills, North Carolina on May 15, 1943. After completing his Navy service, Harold moved his bride to his home area of Rossville, Indiana. They remained in Rossville the rest of their lives. Harold preceded Beulah in death on September 5, 1987, after 44 years of marriage. Beulah's favorite pastime was attending auctions and collecting "antiques." She enjoyed selling her antique treasures during the annual Rockville Covered Bridge Festival. Beulah loved her family and surviving are three daughters: Nancy (Jerry) Goyer of Rossville; Irene (Mark) Evans of rural Mulberry; and Janet (Dennie) Emerson of Phoenix, Arizona; one son: Richard Lee (Jackie) Hitch of Ockley; and nine grandchildren: Ross Goyer, Ben Hopkins, Ricky Hitch, Brian Henry, Brandie (Henry) Oliver, Matt Evans, Jason Goyer, Johnny Hitch and Rachel (Goyer) Naylor; 18 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; two brothers, Curt Jewell and Harold Jewell both of Michigan; two sisters, Mary York of Michigan, and Gay Smith of Virginia; and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her mother and father; one grandson, Guy Allan Goyer; one great-grandson, Blake Oliver; four sisters and six brothers. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at Genda Funeral Home-Rossville Chapel and led by her three oldest grandsons. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m.-2 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial will be in Rossville Cemetery. Beulah's heartfelt desire was to help the poor children in the Appalachian Mountain Regions where she had grown up. Memorials may be made in Beulah's name to Appalachian Outreach, Inc., P.O. Box 233, Glen Dale, West Virginia, 26038, www.appalachianoutreaching.org, or Serenity Hospice, Inc., 5 N. 10th St.-Ste.A, Lafayette, Indiana, 47901, www.serenity-hospice.com. Published in the Journal & Courier from October 16 to October 17, 2012.
Beulah married Harold Glen Hitch, son of Ernest Ray Hitch and Lois Victoria Jewell, on 15 May 1943 in Barren Co., KY.1 (Harold Glen Hitch was born on 11 Aug 1923 in Barren Co., KY 1 2 3 and died on 05 Sep 1987 in Rossville, Clinton Co., IN 1.)
1 E-Mail from Steve Hitch - 10/22/2000 (9:01 PM). Included a detailed descendancy file of Drew Robert Hitch.
2 Correspondence from Irene Hitch Evans; 5238 W. 750 N, Rossville, IN 46065, dated November 8, 1998.
1940 IN Census, Listed as age 16 in Rossville, Clinton Co., IN.