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Jewell B. (nee Ketron) Donnelly

Obituary for Jewell B. (nee Ketron) Donnelly

February 3, 2018


Jewell B. (nee Ketron) Donnelly passed away Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, at the age of 94. Born in Fall Branch, TN to the late Robert and Dona Ketron, Jewell was the valedictorian of her high school class. During World War II, she proudly served her country as a member of "WAVES", Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, which was the women's branch of the United States Naval Reserve.  Later, following her desire to serve and care for others, Jewell volunteered at Jeanes Hospital for 35 years. She had many hobbies and interests; she enjoyed music and playing the organ, and in her later years enjoyed traveling the world. Most of all Jewell loved raising and just being around her family.

Preceded in death by her beloved husband of almost 50 years, Charles L. Donnelly, and her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Lawrence Hennessy, Jewell is survived by her loving children Maureen (John) Gehbaur, Charles (Sarah) Donnelly, and Shawn (Deborah) Donnelly. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren Holly, John (Keith), Cheryl, Sean (Dyla), Eric (Michele), Cholly, Kara, Kerrin (Levi), Kelly, and Gina, and her great grandchildren Hayley, Cameron, Tyler, Devon, Emma, Peyton, Sean, Levi, and 1 on the way.

Family and friends are invited to Jewell's Life Celebration on Thursday, February 8th, from 10:30 AM - 11 AM followed by her Funeral Service at 11 AM at the John F. Givnish Life Celebration Home, 10975 Academy Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19154. Interment Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Bensalem, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at

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