Jewel Willis Abbott

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Jewel Willis Abbott of Graham, passed away peacefully on Dec. 25, 2019 in Graham.

Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 at 2p.m. in the First Baptist Church.

She was born Jan. 23, 1930 in Graham to the late James and Geneva Sweeney. She graduated from Graham High School and married Kenneth Willis in 1948. She and Ken raised their two boys, Don and Barry, in Odessa and Seminole. After Ken’s death, she returned to Graham. There she met and married Nathan Abbott in 1993. He preceded her in death March 1, 2019.

She was an outstanding cook and took great pleasure in feeding family and friends. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a source of joy for her, and she spent many hours reading to a lapful of kids. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Graham and Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by her sons, Don Willis and wife Lynda of The Woodlands and Barry Willis and wife Suzanne of Perryton; stepdaughter Martha Barron and husband Dick of Fort Worth; grandchildren Cory Willis and wife Erin, Sara Spence, Charlotte Willis and husband Tony DiPiazza; stepgrandchildren, Mike Barron, Neeley Reed, and Tracey Mowrey; greatgrandchildren, Ethan, Elizabeth, Sebastian and Evelyn Willis; Alex, Mitchell and Ben Clayton; and Gabriel Willis DiPiazza. Her brothers and sisters are Herb Sweeney and wife Joyce, Kathy Alexander and husband Kenny, Neal Sweeney and wife Diane, Dale Sweeney and wife Ann, and Gail Lasater and husband Wesley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, her brother Jim Sweeney, sister Claudia Stapp, stepdaughter, Cathy Mowrey and husband Troy, and grandson Dean Allen Willis.

Memorial donations may be made to the Dean Allen Willis Foundation, P.O. Box 1046, Perryton, TX 79070 or to one’s favorite charity.

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