Arnita M. Jewell

CANAAN – Arnita M. Jewell, 85, of Canaan passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 in Skowhegan. She was born Oct. 19, 1935 in Temple, the daughter of Albert and Margaret (Mace) Redlevske.

She graduated from Skowhegan high School.

She married Lee Jewell on March 18, 1960. He passed on Feb.2, 1991.

Arnita spent 40 years as a beautician having her own shop in her home, she worked on the farm, and she also made pottery and jewelry. She worked as a substitute teacher for SAD#54 for several years and she also milked cows for 10 years. Arnita, was a “Jill” of all trades. When she was a girl she worked at the Fairfield Creamery.

Arnita was fiercely independent. She always had family gathering at Christmas and Thanksgiving, she never missed her kids sporting events when they were growing up, and she especially loved being a Nana, Gram and Grammie to her grandchildren. They were her life.

She is survived by her children, John Rugan and his wife Becky of Chelsea, Judith “Julie” Rugan of Canaan, Jeffrey Rugan of Canaan, Lawrence Rugan and his wife Katherine of Durham; her grandchildren, Nicole Rugan of Biddeford, Shelby Kelley of Woolwich, Brianna Palmer of Augusta, Angel Rugan Pesenson and her husband Michael of Austin, Texas, Stacy and her husband Robbie Towle of Skowhegan, Casey Rugan and significant other Aaron Bowden of Skowhegan, April Frank and her husband Chris of Cornville, Jasmin Rugan of Stetson, Jeremy Rugan of Casco; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. She also leaves her siblings, Helen Tibbetts, Clarice Redlevske, Jackie Clifford, Robert Redlevske, Sonja Lancote and Leatrice Knight.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Lee Jewell; her brother Richard and her sister Florence.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at the Fairview Cemetery in Canaan, Maine

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine. Anyone who wishes to leave the family messages can do so on our website at –

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