Mary McCall Jewett
Mary McCall Jewett
  • August 29, 1922 - May 12, 2017
  • Sun Lakes, Arizona

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Mary "Mac" McCall Jewett passed away at home in Sun Lakes, AZ surrounded by her family on May 12, 2017. Born August 29, 1922 in Milford, MI as the fifth of six children born to Samuel L. McCall and Bessie Fisher McCall. Reading was a passion with Mac, she secured her first Library Card by the age of 7. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at Michigan State University and her Master in Education degree from the University of Michigan. While pursuing her Master's, Mac taught at the University of Michigan's Campus School in Ann Arbor.

In 1950, she moved to New Paltz, NY to take a faculty position at the State University of New York - New Paltz. She met the local milkman and fire chief, David F. Jewett, Jr. and they were married on June 25, 1952 in Milford, MI. Mac taught graduate level Education classes and taught and held administrative positions in the College's the Campus School for 25 years. She was named the Director of Early Childhood Education at the Campus School, with a specialty in reading and working with students with dyslexia. Mac presented programs on Reading and Early Childhood Education at many national and international professional conferences. As an educator, she instilled a passion for learning in her students. That legacy always filled her with great joy and satisfaction. Mac was an active member of the community, serving on the Elting Memorial Library Board, the First National Bank of Highland Advisory Board, as a Republican Committee woman, a member of Phi Delta Kappa, New Paltz Faculty Wives, and was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church of New Paltz.
After retiring in 1981, Mac moved to Sun Lakes, AZ. At the time, Sun Lakes was a recently developed active retirement community and Mac jumped right in: golfing with the Sun Lakes Ladies Association, playing bridge, knitting and doing cross-stitch, volunteering at the Chandler Regional Hospital, joining the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church and actively participating in its Stephen Ministry program and its adult education programs, and making many new wonderful friends. She traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, throughout Europe and extensively in the British Isles. One of Mac's lifelong goals was to write and publish a book. In her 93rd year, with the help of her daughter Jennifer, she was successful in finishing and publishing "The Jewett Family Farm," a history of Dave's family farm in New Paltz, NY.

Mac is survived by her husband David at home, daughters Jennifer Jewett-Kelly of Scottsdale, AZ, Cynthia Jewett and spouse Lori Nordstrom of Chandler, AZ, and Heidi Jewett and spouse Patricia E. Kelly of Tillson, NY; and grandson Sean T. Kelly of Scottsdale, AZ.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19th at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 East Riggs Road, Sun Lakes. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Church or to the Elting Memorial Library, 93 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561.

Arrangements under the direction of Lakeshore Mortuary, Mesa, AZ.