Jewel Shaw

Sunrise: January 25, 1938

Sunset: July 18, 2020

On Saturday July 18, 2020 God called Jewel Shaw to rest into eternal life. She was born on January 25, 1938 in Sumpter, S.C. to the late Gertrude Ellerbe Dicks Sullivan and Vernon “Buster” Dicks. She was the second daughter born of this union.

Jewel was raised in Brooklyn, NY where she attended NYC Public Schools. Later, as a teen she relocated to the Tidewater area and planted her roots in Norfolk, VA. She then completed her education at Booker T. Washington High School. Jewel often reflected on her memories of Brooklyn, NY and her love of Coney Island hot dogs.

At an early age, she adapted the mantra “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” She was employed by General Foam Plastics Corporation as a supervisor for many years while raising her two children as a single mother. Provisions from God, self-discipline and ambition enabled her to provide the best for her children, grandchildren as well as family and friends.

Jewel quickly recognized her gift of a servant’s heart. Her love of children developed into a profitable childcare business for over 20 years, with the Virginia Department of Social Services. She was affectionally known as “Ma Jewel” to the parents and children she served alike.

She also believed in active participation within her community. She served in Fairmount Parks Civic Leagues fundraising events to provide help for those in deficit. All whom loved her dearly and will never forget her tenacity, wit, charm, grace and undying love and caring for them.

Jewel was predeceased by her parents, Vernon Dicks and Gertrude Sullivan; sister, Bessie Dicks Fuller; uncle, Bruncin Ellerbe, Jr.; cousin, Barbara Stukes; aunt, Evelyn Dicks Gumby and nephew, Samuel “Sam” Fuller, Jr.

To cherish her memories are sons: Tyrone Ismael, Hampton, VA; Gregory Hooks (God son), Marlboro, MD; daughter: Judith Douglas, Norfolk, VA; niece: Denise Lewis, Grand Prairie, TX, aunt: Katherine Mason, Jamaica, NY. She also leaves her legacy 4 grandchildren: Nigel Ferebee, Brianna Douglas, Jordan Douglas and Katina Gonzales (Ryan); 5 great-grandchildren Taquan Ferebee, Julian Gonzales, Jasmine Gonzales, Kaidan Douglas and Gionni Douglas: Aunt Jewel to Torrey Cochran, Samuel Cochran, Antonio Lewis, Tracey Lewis-Styne, Jay Stukes and a host of cousins, other family and close friends.

Viewing Friday, July 31, 2020 10:00am - 3:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, July 31, 2020 3:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Judy, mommy's little girl. says


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      Katina Gonzales says

      She loved you dearly!

      Your daughter,

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    Sheryl Potter-Griggs says

    Please accept our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your Mom, Judy…..Miss. Jewel. I remember you both residing across the street from my childhood home. You, Judy with your pretty face and fun loving manner and Miss. Jewel, with a walk that would turn most men’s heads and a warm smile. She was always nice to me and my siblings. Something that’s very much lacking today. God bless you.

    -Sheryl Potter-Griggs

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      Katina Gonzales says

      Thank you so much for the condolences. We truly appreciated the warm words of comfort.

      Ms. Shaw ‘s family

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    Denise Brown & Family says

    We are truly sorry to hear of Ms.Jewel passing. We would like to offer Judy and family our deepest and most sincere condolences and may the soul of Ms. Jewel rest in heavenly peace. She will be greatly missed.????

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      Katina Gonzales says

      Thank you for thinking of our family during this difficult time. Thank you for all of your support.
      Ms. Jewel & family

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    Vanessa Lee says

    You are being loved, prayed over and held close in caring hearts. Wishing all of my cousins, peace of mind and spirit, during this difficult time as you mourn cousin Jewel. She has transitioned as is now with our ancestors, no more pain, no more suffering.
    2nd Timothy, Chapter 4: Verses 7-8, “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith…..”

    Again, my condolences,

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      Katina Gonzales says

      We are so appreciative of your generosity. Thank you for caring so much about cousin Jewel and our family. You’ve really made a difference in these difficult times.

      Jewel Shaw & family

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    Carol St. Pierre says

    To the family of Jewel Dicks Shaw, care of our member V. Lee,
    It’s the love that’s left behind that lasts forever, the joy of having been part of someone else’s Journey that warms our hearts, even at this difficult time. Wishing you the comfort of that love and the peace of knowing it will never leave you. In Deepest Sympathy. President of the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Black Military Women

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      Tina Gonzales says

      We deeply appreciate your expression of sympathy.

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    Taquan says

    Love you so much grandma

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    Rev. Theodore (Ted) Lewis Jr says

    I am so sorry to hear of Jewel’s passing.

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    Kenny Kelly says

    Sending my deepest sympathy prayers and condolences to the family and my friend Judi. May God give yall the strength to make it through this time of grievances of the passing of yall lovely Mother/ Grandmother Ms.Jewel R.I.H.P

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    Grezella D Lewis says

    To the family of Ms Jewel.
    Tike and Judy you are in our prayers. Your mom was a wonderful kind lady. Our Young Park days are filled with great memories.
    We pray your family will have comfort and peace in the days ahead.
    Thank you for sharing your mom with the entire YP community.
    Condolences from Grezella Dual Lewis and the Dual family

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    Nigel Ferebee says

    Hey beautiful your always with me stay Beautiful!!!!! I love you Queen

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    Kim calloway(spruill) says

    Such a wonderful person who gave so much to others. Rest in heaven and be at peace.Free from pain and suffering

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    Mrs. Joann Wallace says

    To the family my deepest Condolences and sympathy jewel will be truly missed may God bless you all.

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    Carolyn Simmons Tillett says

    So sorry to here about the passing of Jewel God Speed to the family ????

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