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Jewel Has Passed [Updated]

Spiritus Sanctus, the second Antiphone, and Psalm 110/111 from the vesper of Hildegard von Bingen. Admiring the height of God’s Creation, praising him, thanking him

Hello, everyone. This is Julia, Jewel’s daughter. I just wanted to pass along the update that mom put up a hell of a fight, but she succumbed to the disease. Infections began to set in, they tried many things, but her vitals continued to fall, and she passed away without any suffering. All of us that could be there, were at her side. We got to tell her all that we wanted to, and we didn’t have to make the difficult decision to take her off support. Our hearts are breaking, but I come here, and I see an entire community of people she affected. It really is overwhelming. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It gives me so much consolation that there were so many people praying for her, and I have confidence that she is in the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Formal Obituary is HERE

Long time commenter Jewel writes to ask for our prayers and to say:

I have terminal case COVID. Nothing preventative has worked. My oxygen is so low, they have to ventilate me. survival rate is. 15%

I thank you both for your kindness. Pray for me.I love you all so much.
Through Jesus Christ our beloved Lord and savior.
Holy Mary  Mother of God pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death amen.

Spiritus sanctus vivificans
vita movens omnia,
et radix est in omni creatura
ac omnia de inmunditia abluit,
tergens crimina ac ungit vulnera,
et sic est fulgens ac laudabilis vita,
suscitans et resuscitans

[The Holy Spirit: living and life-giving,
the life that’s all things moving,
the root in all created being:
of filth and muck it washes all things clean—
out-scrubbing guilty staining, its balm our wounds constraining—
and so its life with praise is shining,
rousing and reviving

A Gregorian Mass intention, which is 30 consecutive Masses, has been scheduled for the repose of the soul of Jewel Atkins.  These Traditional Latin Masses will occur every morning at 07:00 Central Time beginning January 1 and concluding on January 30. For those so inclined, they can join themselves in prayer to these Masses with the intention of hastening Jewel’s entrance into the Beatific Vision, and also asking Jewel to pray for them now, and that she remembers them when she sees the Face of God after finishing her purgation. If Jewel enters heaven before the end of the Gregorian, the graces of those Masses will be allocated to Poor Souls in Purgatory who may be forgotten to this world, at the discretion of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces.

Oremus pro invicem! Let us pray for each other!

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  • Mike Austin December 5, 2021, 2:50 PM

    Jewel, I have so very much enjoyed your words here at American Digest. Of course all of us here will send prayers your way. God be with you, Jewel, now and forever.

  • carolyn December 5, 2021, 3:17 PM

    Reading these stark words from one who seems a beautiful soul causes pause. I don’t know you, but my prayers today for you are filled with heartache and love. I ask God to be gentle to you and for hope to sustain you.

  • LP December 5, 2021, 3:32 PM

    I’m praying for you Jewel

    • theduchessofkitty December 14, 2021, 8:53 AM

      Julia, your mom is now in the Presence of the Heavenly Father. No better place to be. Take comfort.

      We will miss her.

  • Auntie Analogue December 5, 2021, 3:44 PM

    My dear Jewel, thank you for bearing witness to God’s goodness and love. In my prayers your soul I shall keep.

  • Lance de Boyle December 5, 2021, 3:46 PM

    The Jewel in the American Digest Crown won’t go down that easily!!!
    Kick a Covid ass, Jewel!!

  • SPR December 5, 2021, 3:50 PM

    For Jewel: 3 Hail Marys and a Glory Be. Blessings my dear. Be of good cheer.

  • Christopher L Hunt December 5, 2021, 3:54 PM

    May our Lord and Savior gather you to his bosom, in His own time.

  • Terry December 5, 2021, 3:59 PM

    Dear Jewel, your words as expressed here on AD have always brought me some sort of inspiration. I am sure many here are as drop jawed as I am at your current health revelation.

    The Lord is at your side and my prayers for your recovery are as well.

  • Uncle Mikey December 5, 2021, 4:02 PM

    Praying on my knees for you Jewel. Will keep at it

  • Princess Cutekitten December 5, 2021, 4:12 PM

    Praying for you, Jewel!

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  • Jack December 5, 2021, 4:23 PM

    I’ll be praying for you too, Jewel. You’re presence on this blog has been deeply appreciated and your genuine concern and kindness has been a blessing.

  • Karen December 5, 2021, 4:33 PM

    amen Jewel, amen

  • Kevin in PA December 5, 2021, 4:52 PM

    Prayers for you, Jewel.

  • Susan in Seattle December 5, 2021, 4:55 PM

    Holding you fast and close, Jewel. I am deeply saddened to hear this news.

  • Minta Marie Morze December 5, 2021, 5:01 PM

    I am praying for you, Jewel. May God be with you and yours.

  • Snakepit Kansas December 5, 2021, 5:13 PM

    Prayer from Kansas!

  • Kerry December 5, 2021, 5:17 PM

    Lighting a white candle right now for you, Ms. Jewel.

  • Mark December 5, 2021, 5:24 PM

    In my later years… I have done mortician work. In August.. I was in the local hospital double occupied COVID HOT ICU’s… like 18 times. Do not lose hope. Odds seem low…but I have seen people fight there way right back from horrible odds. I remember walking by a man every one was sure was gone… next week… he was eating sitting up… gave me a thumbs up through the glass of the ICU suite.
    I knew him.. and he knew me. St. Rita of Cascia: Patron Saint of the Impossible… we have a Catholic retreat center here in Southern Oregon. They said there was no water on the property….

  • amplexi on tumblr December 5, 2021, 5:45 PM

    Praying for you, dear heart.

  • Casey Klahn December 5, 2021, 5:54 PM

    Stalwart of American Digest, dear Jewel,
    I go before God in intercession. You are much loved and needed here.

  • Missy December 5, 2021, 6:06 PM

    Oh father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need; we humbly beseech thee to behold, visit, and relieve thy sick servant Jewel for whom our prayers are desired. Look up on her with the eyes of the mercy; comfort her with a sense of thy goodness; preserve her from the temptations of the enemy; and give her patience under her affliction. In thy good time, restore her to health, and enable her to lead the residue of her life in thy fear, and to thy glory; and grant that finally she may dwell with thee in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

    • Bones December 5, 2021, 7:24 PM


    • LadyBikki December 6, 2021, 6:01 AM


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  • Foo December 5, 2021, 6:08 PM

    Prayers up.
    Be strong Jewel.
    Someone has to be in that 15%, no reason why not you.
    Hang tuff!

  • jwm December 5, 2021, 6:15 PM

    Count my prayers as well.
    God bless, and heal.


  • Dan Patterson December 5, 2021, 6:22 PM

    Those are chilling words she’s written.

    We’ve read their like before, from men buried underground in mining disasters, marooned survivors of crashes, victims of earthquake pinned under rubble. All are straightforward, unadorned, and brief. And for most of us all are from complete strangers, but Jewel is not a stranger.

    Like all of you I pray for her recovery, freedom from fear and pain. And I am powerless to do anything else.

    I have no idea of the measures taken to stop the progress of the illness, nor of their effectiveness. Stories and graphs abound showing this works or that doesn’t. Rumors of curatives and anecdotes of healing are only useful to the unaffected; they give hope to the safe and allow us on dry ground to pretend to have a plan if we, too, are found in deep water unable to swim. The only hope then is rescue.

    Whether rescue comes from celestial power or secular science doesn’t matter, what matters is rescue. Blessings to Jewel, her family, and friends. Blessings to those who will rescue her from her danger.

  • ghostsniper December 5, 2021, 6:45 PM

    All the best to you Jewel.
    Hang tough gurl.

  • theduchessofkitty December 5, 2021, 6:57 PM

    Sending prayers to Heaven. May God bless you.

  • BroKen December 5, 2021, 7:07 PM

    Praying fervently!

  • Joe December 5, 2021, 7:14 PM

    May you heal quickly.

  • Skorpion December 5, 2021, 7:15 PM

    Not much of a praying man here, but I’m sending my best energies out for Jewel’s healing.

  • gw December 5, 2021, 7:17 PM

    I will pray that you are among the 15% who survive. Beat the odds. Don’t give up.

  • TC December 5, 2021, 7:31 PM

    Prayers your way.

  • Phil_in_Englewood December 5, 2021, 7:49 PM

    Prayers for you, Jewel. Thank you for your being part of the wonderful American Digest.

  • Gary in Portland December 5, 2021, 9:08 PM

    Oh sweet Jewell….sincerest prayers to ease your burdens and see you through this harsh time.

  • james wilson December 6, 2021, 2:49 AM

    You were and are always simultaneously entertaining and profound, Jewel, but more, the kind of woman whose presence is felt long after you left the room.

  • JoeDaddy December 6, 2021, 3:01 AM

    Ivermectin. Now. And NO REMDESIVIR!!!!!!!! Prayers go up.

  • Steve (retired/recovering lawyer) December 6, 2021, 3:40 AM

    Paul has a word for Jewel in Philippians, 1; 18-26.
    1:18 What is the result? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being proclaimed, and in this I rejoice.Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. 20 My confident hope is that I will in no way be ashamed but that with complete boldness, even now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether I live or die. 21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22 Now if I am to go on living in the body, this will mean productive work for me, yet I don’t know which I prefer: 23 I feel torn between the two because I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far, 24 but it is more vital for your sake that I remain in the body. 25 And since I am sure of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for the sake of your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that what you can be proud of may increase because of me in Christ Jesus, when I come back to you.

  • John Venlet December 6, 2021, 3:58 AM

    Jewel, may the Lord bless you and keep you, may His light shine upon you, and give you peace.

    “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They will lift up on wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

  • Mary Ann December 6, 2021, 4:26 AM

    Lighting a candle and keeping you in my prayers Jewel.

  • brinster December 6, 2021, 4:30 AM

    God doesn’t have a quota for miracles and healing, and there’s no reason why Jewel won’t experience hers. Having seen numerous miracles, minor and otherwise, faith dictates that it will happen.
    Dominus vobiscum. Et cum spiritu tuo Jewel.

  • tim December 6, 2021, 4:43 AM

    Always enjoyed Jewel’s comments and I’m looking forward to reading them again.
    China is asshoe, hang in there, Jewel.

  • Eric Gagnon December 6, 2021, 5:17 AM



    I don’t know what your treatment history for this has been, but for severe COVID, the Front Line Doctors Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) has an advanced stage COVID treatment protocol (MATH+), using not only Ivermectin, but–most important–a variety of steroids and other drugs to combat the inflammatory and clotting effects of later-stage COVID.

    I’ve learned from Dr. Zelenko that COVID is two illnesses–the first viral stage, and the second is inflammatory/clotting. Once this has advanced, it’s critical to also treat the inflammatory/clotting stage.

    Here is a link to the MATH+ protocol from FLCCC:


    In addition to this, you may want to add large doses of IV Vitamin C (10,000 mg. or more), according to doctors who use this treatment, which include Dr. Paul Marik. This is included in the MATH+ protocol.

    U.S. hospitals are under financial incentives to push only the CDC “approved” treatment–ventilators and Remdesivir–for serious COVID cases. If you and/or a family member cannot successfully get your doctor to get you on the MATH+ protocol, you are going to have to get a lawyer to intervene on an emergency basis.

    Many lives are being saved by this intervention, so don’t lose hope. I have personal experience in using the FLCCC protocol to help myself, family members, and friends. Time is critical–either you or a family member must get up to speed on these treatments, and forcefully push your doctor and hospital to get you on them.



    • r December 6, 2021, 1:10 PM

      WHAT ERIC SAYS, in spades.
      Jewel needs a medical advocate to insure proactive treatment.
      Remdesivir (anti viral) after 10 days of illness (end of viral phase) causes iatrogenic injury to your kidneys with no possibility of antiviral benefit once the virus is cleared .
      Secondary COVID is non-viral inflamatory disease caused by the immune system. It is known as an organizing pneumonia.

      Jesus would go to the synagogue to teach. He would go to the mountain to pray.
      I am on the mountain for you Jewel.

    • Julio December 6, 2021, 1:58 PM

      Amen Mr. Gagnon! Bless you for passing on this valuable information.

    • Mary P December 6, 2021, 5:33 PM

      In August, I was given Remdesivir for Covid and ended up in the ICU requiring 100% oxygen. They told me the same thing and wanted my consent to go on a ventilator which I refused. I survived and have since completely recovered. I wish I had known at the time how dangerous Remdesivir was and the need for a legal patient advocate. Dr Ardis has a website with links and resources.


    • Mary P December 6, 2021, 5:39 PM

      I will pray for your full recovery Jewel! I know it was prayer that saved my live. Miracles to do happen!
      God Bless,

  • Annie Rose December 6, 2021, 5:55 AM

    May God hold you tenderly in His hands, removing all pain and fear. May He lovingly heal your body and comfort you with His endless mercy. May He guide your caregivers with His wisdom to save your life. Amen.

  • jd December 6, 2021, 6:01 AM

    Praying for you too, Jewel.

  • waitingForTheStorm December 6, 2021, 6:01 AM

    Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  • Hoss December 6, 2021, 6:42 AM

    Your faith is an inspiration Jewel- I will pray for your healing. Be strong and may God bless you.

  • PA Cat December 6, 2021, 7:05 AM

    St. Paul has another word for Jewel in Romans 8:35 ff:
    35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written,
    ‘For your sake we are being killed all day long;
    we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’
    37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    And from Hebrews 13:20-21:
    20 Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

    Dear Jewel, you are sheltered and upheld by the Love that will not let you go; may you feel His healing presence now and in the days ahead.

  • Frosty December 6, 2021, 7:12 AM

    My prayers are for you today…..keep fighting.

  • leelu December 6, 2021, 7:33 AM

    Of course, Jewell.

  • leelu December 6, 2021, 7:34 AM

    Of course, Jewell.

  • Dirk December 6, 2021, 7:48 AM

    God bless, get well. Prayers out


  • orcadrvr December 6, 2021, 8:45 AM

    God Bless You and Keep You.

  • azlibertarian December 6, 2021, 8:45 AM

    I’ve always imagined the crowd that our host has assembled here as being, **kindly**, somewhat past middle aged. And as such, like my old pal, Uncle Remus, they can sometimes disappear from our company.

    Jewel, please know that I have valued your contributions here, and I hope that you can beat these odds and continue to improve these comments pages. You are in my prayers.

  • Boat Guy December 6, 2021, 9:13 AM

    If prayers are your wish, so shall you have them. Remember that everything happens when and as it should; if it be right that you are of the “15%” then you shall be, if not, Vaya con Dios

  • James ONeil December 6, 2021, 10:04 AM

    Obviously we care. Take care.

  • Tom Hyland December 6, 2021, 10:28 AM

    We haven’t heard from Jewel since her original words. Is she ventilated? If there’s a way to reach her, immediately, I’ve got ivermectin and I can overnight it to her.

  • Bill Henry December 6, 2021, 10:55 AM


    Do not give up. Ever

    Pray that God the father in the name of his son heal and provide for you through this

    God Bless you Jewel
    Bill Henry

  • Humdeedee December 6, 2021, 12:51 PM

    Dear Jewel, I hope today (Monday 12/6/21) finds you better than yesterday. My hope and prayers are for your recovery, for without you here among the comment section, your voice and wisdom will be missed. Whatever the outcome is according to God’s design whether He allows you to remain here with us or brings you to His presence, please know how much we have enjoyed your company.🙏

  • Julio December 6, 2021, 1:29 PM

    Three Hail Mary’s (in English, Spanish and Latin). A Glory BE and Fatima Prayer plus a Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer. May the Divine Healer and Savior of the human race incline his ears to our pleas for Jewel and let our cries come unto thee “Oh gracious and merciful Lord”

  • Doug Constance December 6, 2021, 1:41 PM

    Jewel, may God give you the blessings that you need.

  • julie December 6, 2021, 2:15 PM

    Dear Jewel, I echo every comment and prayer here. God lift you up and carry you through all of this, whatever and whenever the end may be.

    I understand that things don’t seem to be helping. I’m reminded of a story I saw about one of the early Covid sufferers from the cruise ship, who was treated in Japan. His case, too, seemed hopeless, and they were going to put him on a ventilator which he feared would be a death sentence. He started deep breathing exercises, repeating as often as he could, and within a day was seeing marked improvement. His oxygen levels went back up, the glass structures in his lungs began to clear, and he ended up recovering without the ventilator.

    I don’t know what kind of treatment you have tried – I’m guessing almost everything. As much as you can, try to breathe deep, no matter how hard it is.

    God bless you, God be with you, God grant you and your family courage, comfort and peace, no matter what happens.

  • Anonymous December 6, 2021, 2:45 PM

    Dear Jewel, the skies tonight are ruby, blue topaz, and tourmaline. The skies of heaven and that through the glass darkly!
    The Lord hold you in His arms and keep you.
    His Peace be yours, always.

  • Mike Seyle December 6, 2021, 3:03 PM

    Much love, Jewel. Prayers still.

  • RosalindJ December 6, 2021, 4:15 PM

    Just reading this. Prayers for your strength to beat this. I have enjoyed reading your comments, and look forward to more.

  • Sid V December 6, 2021, 4:23 PM

    You can beat this Jewel. Just said a prayer for you now and will some more when I go to bed.

  • Jim December 6, 2021, 4:52 PM

    15%? First, God willing, you will be in that group. and second, most of what doctors say about Covid is wrong.
    It is with God now. His plan, His purpose. I don’t know what it is, none of us do. But I trust in His mercy and love.
    So many here are, like me, praying for you. I hope you find the strength and grace needed to overcome this.
    I trust in Gods will. And his preference for those who fight for and appreciate the precious gift of life.
    May God Bless and keep you Jewel. We are all praying for your recovery.

  • Hale Adams December 6, 2021, 5:16 PM


    So many people here have said so many wonderful things, I really can’t add anything except to ask God to bless you and keep you.

    Hale Adams

  • H (science denier) December 6, 2021, 6:56 PM

    Bless you, girl.

  • SteveS December 7, 2021, 8:21 AM

    Jewel, when ever I’ve seen your comments here they have always resonated with me. (Also because my daughter is Sierra “Jewel”) My wife received a bilateral lung transplant in May and due to complications we almost lost her. She was in the ICU at UCLA for 5 weeks with me by her side. There were days my spirit was dashed on the rocks watching her struggle for her life. I reached the end of my own resources, of myself. Seemed like everytime when at my lowest something or someone would appear and say or do something that lifted me. Oftentimes prayers. At that point things would shift for me and my wife as well. This brought me to a new understanding and appreciation of Angels. They are legion and they are working on behalf of God’s people. The point is to keep your eyes on our Savior and trust. You are loved and you can do this. I’ll leave you with our family saying, “Just breathe”.

  • HH December 7, 2021, 10:08 AM

    Our prayers are a sweet fragrance to the Lord. He loves you, and He loves our prayers.

  • PS December 7, 2021, 12:29 PM

    God Bless! We pray for those suffering every day!

  • Kerry December 8, 2021, 6:08 PM

    Has anyone heard from Jewel today?

  • Joe December 10, 2021, 4:40 PM

    Gerard, Can you get an update on Jewell? Joe

  • Daphne December 10, 2021, 5:16 PM

    Hey Gerard, can you give an update on Jewel? My heart is breaking.

  • Mike Austin December 11, 2021, 12:43 AM

    Yes, an update on Jewel.

  • Vanderleun December 11, 2021, 1:48 PM

    I have sent an email asking for an update this day. Prayers too.

  • Leslie December 13, 2021, 6:35 AM

    Love you, Jewel.

  • Julia Atkins December 13, 2021, 4:51 PM

    Hello, everyone. This is Julia, Jewel’s daughter. I just wanted to pass along the update that mom put up a hell of a fight, but she succumbed to the disease. Infections began to set in, they tried many things, but her vitals continued to fall, and she passed away without any suffering. All of us that could be there, were at her side. We got to tell her all that we wanted to, and we didn’t have to make the difficult decision to take her off support. Our hearts are breaking, but I come here, and I see an entire community of people she affected. It really is overwhelming. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It gives me so much consolation that there were so many people praying for her, and I have confidence that she is in the Kingdom of Heaven.

  • Princess Cutekitten December 13, 2021, 5:04 PM

    My prayers go out for Jewel and her family. She will be missed.

  • julie December 13, 2021, 5:11 PM

    I was also wondering if there would be an update soon. Prayers continuing, this time for the family and all who loved her.

    I saw one of her comments on an old post earlier today, and was reminded again of what a special person she was. I have no doubt of where she is now, nor I’m sure do her family. Even so, it is so hard on this side of things. Lord, have Mercy and grant comfort and peace to her loved ones.

  • Mike Austin December 13, 2021, 5:29 PM

    Jewel is seeing the face of Christ. Who would deny her that? She is beyond the cares and worries of this Vale of Tears. She rests in the bosom of Abraham. I hope to see her one day, to laugh and to sing, to dance and rejoice.

  • Kevin in PA December 13, 2021, 5:29 PM

    It is an especially difficult time of year for the passing of a loved one.
    I’m sorry for your loss.
    God bless and keep her.

  • Daniel December 13, 2021, 5:38 PM

    Eternal rest grant unto her, oh Lord; may the perpetual light shine upon her, and may she rest in peace. Prayers going out for family too. Thanks, Julia, for that difficult news. And thanks, Gerard, for being such a gracious host. I read here often and comment seldom. I knew Jewel on tumblr from years ago. The world has too few people with hearts big enough to see and spread the Good, the True, the Beautiful. I am thankful for knowing Jewel, one of those great hearts.

  • Skorpion December 13, 2021, 5:42 PM

    Memory Eternal.

  • gwbnyc December 13, 2021, 5:54 PM

    Rest, now.

  • PA Cat December 13, 2021, 6:00 PM

    What Daniel said.

  • jwm December 13, 2021, 6:09 PM

    Thank you, Julia.
    None of us has met face to face and yet, we’ve all lost a friend.
    God Bless.


  • Meimei December 13, 2021, 6:29 PM

    I miss you Mom. I cleaned the house thinking you were going to come home. I wanted to say “Look Mom, I cleaned your kitchen, I cleaned your fridge.” But you’re not coming home. I have to accept this. I have to be strong for my Dad and siblings. I miss you Mom. Just come home Mama, but I know you can’t. You’re away now, and I will miss you. You will always be there somewhere, in Brahms and Beethoven I listen to, in the food I cook, thinking that I could just call you on how I can cook something. I miss you mama, your grandkids will miss their Nama.

    • Mike Austin December 13, 2021, 6:36 PM

      Meimei: Your words bring tears of sorrow, of longing and of joy. Jewel was Christ’s good and faithful servant. Now she walks with Him. I have no better wish than one day to join them.

      • Meimei December 13, 2021, 7:51 PM

        Thank you Mike. I know it’s going to be a long many years of suffering and healing. It warms my heart that so many loved my Mom

        • Vanderleun December 14, 2021, 8:58 AM

          We all did, Meimei, and still do and shall.

  • Casey Klahn December 13, 2021, 6:42 PM

    Lord, let there be comfort on Jewel’s family. It’s a tragic loss because of disease, but she’s being welcomed in heaven.

  • Terry December 13, 2021, 6:52 PM

    Dearest Jewel, one day each of us here will be walking with The Lord and you, and we will all be joyful and finally at Peace. I look up now and whisper a kiss your way, Dearest One.

  • Zaphod December 13, 2021, 7:19 PM

    RIP Jewel.

  • Stephen December 13, 2021, 7:20 PM

    So very sorry for your loss. I hope that the great and loving memories you all shared will bring you some comfort in this difficult time. God bless you and your family.

  • John the River December 13, 2021, 7:47 PM

    I remember she said kind things to me when I had my heart attack, a good person.
    Rest in Peace, blessings to her family.

  • BroKen December 13, 2021, 7:49 PM

    Thank you for the sad update. Celebrate and give thanks for the gift of her life. Remember our grief is a temporary thing. Real, but limited, soon to be over.
    Our joy, our life together in Christ, is eternal.

  • Teresa December 13, 2021, 8:03 PM

    This makes me very sad. I have read her posts for years and have always been in awe of her intellect and wit. What a lovely, cultured and fun woman she must have been, and I expect her family will miss her terribly. May her memory be a blessing.

  • Tom Hyland December 13, 2021, 8:07 PM

    Is Jewel the same Jewel who has been creating this amazing Tumblr page many years?

    • Teresa December 13, 2021, 9:12 PM

      The very same. She was on tumblr a long long time. Sort of a window into her mind and aesthetic sense, lovely.

      • Tom Hyland December 14, 2021, 6:56 AM

        Wow… just wow. I’ve spent untold hours there over the years marveling at the imagery she presented. My line of activity is decorating the businesses of others and I’m blessed with a visual aesthetic that has enabled me to be self-employed since age 18. Jewel’s words here at AD have always been so solid, sane, compassionate… she contributed a soothing balm forever among the oftentimes hysterics of others on these pages. My mom was pretty amazing too, so when a great mom has left the planet you’ve been given a rare and precious meditation forever after. It’s a source of peace you can focus upon which quiets the noisy mind. Just let it grow.

        p.s. I’ve wondered many times who painted that incredible portrait of the woman on the opening page of Madame Scherzo. Do you know?

        • Teresa December 14, 2021, 7:19 AM

          I hope to have my children describe me as you described your mother. I do not know the painter of Jewel’s cover image, it has a Dutch look about it though, don’t you think?

        • Daniel December 14, 2021, 7:21 AM

          Balthasar Denner, “Portræt af en gammel kone” Peace.

          • Teresa December 14, 2021, 1:10 PM

            German. Thank you Daniel. Interesting to read that he concentrated on painting the face and often the rest of the painting was finished by another artist or his daughter.
            I think Jewel would be happy to read of our curiosity about that painting.

        • Teresa December 14, 2021, 2:09 PM

          Here is a link to an old blog of Jewel’s – Tasty Infidelicacies , that I greatly enjoyed re-reading today. The entire blog can be accessed via the Wayback Machine if you click on the various years in the sidebar on the right.


  • james wilson December 13, 2021, 8:27 PM

    Julia, your mom spoke of you no few times.
    I never read anything she wrote which did not affect me. There is such a thing as a special soul.

  • Rob De Witt December 13, 2021, 8:33 PM


    God bless the immortal soul of your mother, Jewel. People like her made the reality of Catholicism manifest to me in the last ten years or so since my Confirmation at age 66. Like her, like you, I pray the Ave daily, and every night before sleep.

    Please know from people like me that no matter how painful is your loss, the blessings of having a family are incalculable; the alternative is not to be considered.

    Her gratitude for you I’m sure was endless.

  • Jean December 13, 2021, 9:19 PM

    Offering comfort and prayers to Jewel’s family and friends.

  • gw December 13, 2021, 9:39 PM

    God’s rest.

  • SteveS December 13, 2021, 9:47 PM

    So sad to hear this news. Prayers of healing for all who feel this loss. Thankful for Jewell and her life and everything that made her the woman she was. Thankful too for a community of kindred spirits that life has united. Remember Proverbs 18:24 “…there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.”

  • Dan Patterson December 14, 2021, 3:33 AM

    Rescue and a safe harbor were not in the offing. I am so sorry for the loss of Julia Atkins’ mother, Jewel.
    I wish there was something I could say that would make things better, I wish there was something I could do to restore life as we once knew it, back to the way things were before they left us. But no. Everything ahead of us is different after, the next moments are lived without their care and love, and part of us is missing too, and there is just no going back.
    What comes after is not known, but we have promises and part of that promise demands our living to our best, making the most of what we have and treating every instant as precious. That is easy to write but hard to live; it seems Jewel left her family and friends with a template to follow and for that I am certain they are thankful.

  • John Venlet December 14, 2021, 4:21 AM

    Julia, I am saddened to learn of Jewel’s passing. I pray the Lord God will lift you and your family up with the knowledge of His love for Jewel, and all who loved her and cared for her. God Bless you all.

  • Snakepit Kansas December 14, 2021, 4:49 AM

    Jewel is in God’s hands, and will be missed here for certain.

  • Mizz E December 14, 2021, 5:01 AM

    So our dear Jewel, a wise and funny soul, loved by many, like a bird has flown away to that land where joys will never end, made more joyful by her arrival. ♬♪•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨*••* Hallelujah! God speed, Jewel.

  • Nori December 14, 2021, 5:35 AM

    Of all the good souls who come here,I’ve always thought Jewel most aptly named. Her words were always kind,thoughtful,wise and beautiful. We are grateful she shared her gentle soul with us.
    Rest In Peace,dear Jewel.

  • Joan of Argghh! December 14, 2021, 6:45 AM

    We stand on this shore, bidding you a tearful farewell. Others stand on that far shore with joyful anticipation of your arrival, dear Jewel. You will always be the scrappy kid outside the Principal’s office. Prayers continue for all who loved you and will miss you.
    I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord.
    Whoever has faith in me shall have life,
    even though he die.
    And everyone who has life,
    and has committed himself to me in faith,
    shall not die for ever.

    As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives
    and that at the last he will stand upon the earth.
    After my awaking, he will raise me up;
    and in my body I shall see God.
    I myself shall see, and my eyes behold him
    who is my friend and not a stranger.

  • waitingForTheStorm December 14, 2021, 7:28 AM

    Julia: condolences to you and your family. It is hard to understand, but I hope you learn from the experience. My father’s death after a long battle with a brutal and painful cancer changed me profoundly and permanently. So, there is light on the other side; but it is a difficult trip. If your mother died relatively peacefully, take some solace from that. But, she is in a better place.

  • Hoss December 14, 2021, 11:47 AM

    Julia- May God bless you and your family. I am sorry for your loss and hope you enjoy many years of wonderful memories.

  • Arty December 14, 2021, 1:15 PM

    She will be missed by her family and many virtual friends she has here on American Digest. Reading her sensible and astute comments over the last few years made me feel like I knew her personally, as with many other people whose presence on AD makes it the great blog it is.

    As I enter my ‘golden years’ I’ve came to the conclusion that the only real consolation is we’re all headed for the exit.

  • Joe December 14, 2021, 1:56 PM

    The world is a little darker with the passing of this beautiful light.

  • gwbnyc December 14, 2021, 7:07 PM


    …aye, of course.

  • Kerry McGauran December 14, 2021, 7:49 PM

    I am sorry for your profound loss. Peace be with you and your entire family as you mourn.

  • TC December 14, 2021, 9:26 PM

    Prayers for her family, and blessings for the season. A terrible loss.

  • captflee December 15, 2021, 10:43 AM

    She was a truly special lady, full of grace and love, whose absence makes our world a little grayer.

  • MeiMei December 15, 2021, 8:48 PM
  • Carolyn December 23, 2021, 6:23 AM

    I’ve seen many tragedy’s play out on media and never shed tears as I have reading these words. Perhaps it was Jewels simple words of both plea and submission to God that make this seem like news of losing a dear friend. Blessing to your family in this time of mourning.