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Jewel Bratton, 88 - April 02, 2008


Jewel Maxine (Nafus) Bratton, 88, of Cassville, MO, formerly of Gothenburg, died Monday, March 17, 2008, at Red Rose Inn in Cassville.
Memorial services were held on Friday, March 21, at the First United Methodist Church at Cassville. Interment was at Grand Junction, CO.
Bratton was born on Aug. 8, 1919, at Barry County, MO, near Mineral Springs, the youngest daughter of Stella Beeson and Andrew (Pete) Nafus.
The family moved to Lamar, CO, in 1923, due to her health. She and her sisters received their educations at numerous schools in Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska.
Bratton graduated from Gothenburg High School in the spring of 1938, and entered nurse training at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln on May 17, 1938.
In September of 1939, a car accident interrupted her education and she moved to Yampa, CO, to recuperate.
She was united in marriage to Arvel Bratton on Nov. 19, 1939, at Rawlins, WY. To this union two children were born.
Bratton and her family spent many years in Grand Junction, CO, where she worked as a clinical laboratory technologist for 30 years while continuing her studies at Mesa College in Grand Junction. She had spent several years working with Dr. Geno Saccomanno in his nationally recognized cancer research.
She and her family returned to Missouri where she continued working as a lab tech at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Monett. Her husband retired from National Cylinder Gas and they purchased a farm at Mineral Springs, which had originally belonged to her parents.
From August of 2006 until her death, she resided at the Red Rose Inn at Cassville.
Bratton and her husband, Arvel, while busy with work and family, found time to share their love and guidance with orphaned children, according to family members.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Andrew and Stella Nafus; her husband, Arvel Lawrence Bratton, Sr.; her son, Arvel Lawrence “Larry” Bratton, Jr., April 16, 1981; two sisters—Corine Smith and Ferrel Summers.
Survivors include: her daughter, Janeen (Lynn) Rowsell; two grandchildren—Jackson and Nicole; special friend, Shirley Smith.