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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Barbara B. Jewell

Retired ELCA Pastor Barbara B. Jewell was welcomed into her heavenly home on January 23, 2024 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, Blue Earth, Minnesota. Memorial services will be held at 2pm on Monday, February 12, 2024 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth with Rev. Dr. Jeanette Bidne officiating. A time for visitation will be held on hour prior to the service.

Barbara Beth (Rust) Jewell was born August 15, 1940 in Davenport, Iowa, daughter of W. Clifford and Dorothy Rust. Barbara was baptized December 5 1954 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa. Barbara was confirmed July 3, 1955 at First Lutheran in Glendale, California. She was united in marriage to Virgil Jewell in 1957 at Las Vegas and began their life together in Huntsville, Alabama. They later divorced.

Not one to back down from a challenge, she was several months pregnant when she flew her solo flight to obtain her small airplane pilot license. In 1988, she graduated from Christ College in Irvine, California, with a B.A. in Parish Administration.

After much discernment, she moved from California to enroll in Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated with a Master of Divinity on May 29, 1994, being one of the few women in that graduating class. Barbara was ordained at North Emanuel Lutheran Church in St Paul, Minnesota on June 22, 1995 and accepted her first call in Nebraska. In May 2000, she moved to Minnesota to serve the congregation of Trinity Lutheran in Jeffers, until April 2006. She enjoyed attending the text studies with other clergy at Shalom Hill Farm of rural Jeffers. Barbara also served as an Interim Pastor to congregations in Blue Earth, Tyler, rural Frost, and rural Mapleton, Minnesota; and in Graettinger, Iowa. While Barbara was serving as Interim Pastor, she kept her ‘home base’ as Blue Earth.

Barbara is survived by her son, Bryan, of Sun City, Arizona; son, Jason (Amelia) and grandson Quillian of Atlanta, Georgia; brother Richard (Carol) Rust of Riverside, California; and sister, Dr. Geraldine Rust Gehle.

Preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her four-legged companion, Sheba.

Memorials preferred to: St Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, Blue Earth, UHD Hospice, Blue Earth, MN, or ELCA Fund for Leaders.

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