Jessie Muriel “McNew” Dablemont went home to be with the Lord on April 7, 2013 at her home in Bolivar. She was born on June 22, 1930 in Simmons, MO, near Houston, the daughter of Bert Lee McNew and Hilda Frances Luck McNew. She attended school in Houston, Missouri and was married to the love of her life Farrel Arthur Dablemont on August 4, 1946 in Houston. They had three children, Larry, Muriel, and Diana. Jessie owned and operated a Day Care Facility in Houston, and over many years she took care of several hundred children. She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bolivar, a pianist and singer at many churches in Texas County throughout her lifetime as well as a Sunday school teacher. Her biggest joy was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the joy of her life.
She is survived by her son and his wife, Larry and Gloria Dablemont of Bolivar, two daughters and their husbands, Muriel and Jerry Wood of Lee’s Summit; and Diana and Billy Chadwick of West Plains, two sisters-in-law, Ruth and Erma McNew, eight grandchildren, Lori and Eric Cohen, Christy Dablemont, Leah and Derek Harlan, Jeremy and Melissa Wood, Jeffrey Wood, Jason and Jessica Wood, Rachel and Jason Peterson, Sarah and Charlie Kirby. She had 14 great grandchildren: Bradyn, Noah, Lawson, Ryan, Jordan, Alex, Dakota, Katie, Shelby, Dane, Gabriel, Jake, John, Seaton, and a host of nephews, nieces and friends, her best friend, Wanda Floyd, and her beloved dog Butch.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Farrel; her parents, Bert and Hilda McNew, one sister, Mildred Daniel, four brothers Ralph, Roy, Frank and Ervin McNew, brother-in-law Marvin Daniel and sister-in-law Margie McNew, and her life-long friend Evelyn Hartman.
She loved gardening, sewing, fishing, and treasured her family which her life revolved around. Her life and legacy have touched so any lives; while we celebrate her life she will be sadly missed.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 10, 2013, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 2:15 at First Freewill Baptist Church, Houston, MO. The service will be preceded by a visitation with family at the church from 1:00-2:00. Interment will be immediately following at Ozark Baptist Cemetery, Ozark Baptist Church, in Houston, MO. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO.