Jewell Jean Casstevens was born June 15, 1916 in Alvarado, Texas to William and Linnie Waddell, the second youngest of five children Willie Mae, Burl, W.H. and Jack. Jewell, known as "Boots" to her friends, graduated from Alvarado High School where she was captain of the women's basketball team. She married Milton "Fuzzy" Casstevens in 1936. While living in Texas, Jewell became a member of The Order of The Eastern Star. When her husband returned from the Army, the couple moved with their young sons, James "Beartracks" Casstevens and Roy Casstevens to California. As her children grew older, Jewell resumed her education to pursue a career in cosmetology, while also obtaining he AA degree at the College of San Mateo and teaching credential at U.C Berkeley. After a successful career as a hairdresser, she began teaching in the Cosmetology Department at the College of San Mateo until her retirement in 1986. During her career, she became a member of the California Hair Fashions Committee, earning numerous awards in hairstyling competitions throughout the state.
After her retirement from teaching, she became involved in community theatre as the beloved hairdresser and property mistress for countless musical theatre productions for Peninsula Civic Light Opera (which later became Broadway by the Bay).
In 2000, Jewell relocated to the east bay to be closer to her family until her peaceful passing on August 27, 2011, due to complications from Alzheimer's. She is survived by her son, Roy; grandsons, James Casstevens of Napa, Ryan and Jared Casstevens of Sacramento; granddaughter Dana Casstevens of Danville, all in California. Also, nieces and nephews in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Burial will take place at the Glenwood Cemetery following a service at Clayton Kay-Vaughan Funeral Home in Alvarado at 10 a.m. on Friday September 02, 2011. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer's Association or the local charity of your choice.