Jewel Delagarza Scruggs
1929 - 2021
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Jewel Delagarza Scruggs passed away early January 4, 2021 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. She was born on January 26, 1929 in Jackson, MS and was soon to celebrate her 92nd birthday. Jewel's life was devoted to her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was beloved by her family and friends, including her children and grandchildren's friends. Jewel would light up the room when she entered and everyone enjoyed her witty and fun personality. She was truly a southern lady and her life reflected her commitment to her faith and lifelong beliefs. Jewel and her husband, Billie Scruggs, were members of Broadmoor United Methodist Church for over sixty years. She was a member of the Faith Sunday School Class and many of the women's groups and loved her friends and church family. Jewel supported Billie in his business and activities. They liked to travel with friends especially to out of town LSU games. Together they loved to dance and belonged to several dance groups. There were many laughs and happy times watching their relationship. Jewel was always involved in her daughters' activities. Jewel never missed any of Debbie's horse shows and hauled kids to the barn for years. She really enjoyed Lisa's china painting. Jewel was the room mother many times, supported the church youth group and served as the President of the Kappa Delta mother's club twice. She was a member of PEO and enjoyed the friends she made. Jewel enjoyed visiting Lisa and her family in Dallas making lifelong friends. Jewel survived a rare cancer and was treated at MD Anderson for three months last spring. Everyone at MD Anderson knew her from her outgoing personality and were amazed that she survived Covid in the middle of her treatment and was completely cured. Jewel was an only child and was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Billie Van Scruggs. She is survived by her daughters Debbie Scruggs Heroman (Rickey), Lisa Scruggs Ryan (Jeff); grandchildren Kelley Heroman Buzzell (John), Cammie Heroman, Bonnie Ryan Welday (Richard), Connor Ryan (Abby); great grandchildren Billy Van Buzzell, Mary Taylor Buzzell, and Jack Brian Buzzell. Jewel was loved by many and will be greatly missed. The family would like to thank Dr. Rebecca Treuil, her doctors at MD Anderson, and her loving caregiver, Rosa White. Pallbearers include: Tommy Bell, John Ross Buzzell, Brian Hargroder, Dwayne Jackson, Ben Lemann, Connor Ryan, Richard Welday, and Kenny Wilkinson. A service will be held on Friday, January 8, at 11:00 a.m., at Broadmoor United Methodist Church. Donations may be made to Broadmoor United Methodist Church (broadmoormethodist.org) 10230 Mollylea Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815 or a charity of your choice.

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Published in The Advocate from Jan. 6 to Jan. 8, 2021.
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kelli bankston
January 8, 2021
Miss Jewel was one of the sweetest lil ladies I've ever met. She would bring brownies to us employees at the store. I enjoyed her stories and just being with her. She will certainly be missed. Miss Debbie you gave me encouraging words when I lost my mom. Also know she dancing in the halls of heaven.
Carrie Lasseigne
Coworker
January 8, 2021
Debbie, your mom was a very special lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.
Cheryl
Cheryl Miller
Friend
January 8, 2021
Debbie and Lisa, my family sends deepest regards. Mrs. Jewel was such a sweet and kind person. Although I saw her rarely, I have wonderful memories of the friendship we shared. God bless you in your time of sorrow.
Elfrieda Bayhi
Friend
January 7, 2021
A very well-lived life. I saw Mrs. Scruggs rarely ... but when I did she ALWAYS made me feel important and special. An example for all of us. Allen Darden
Allen Darden
January 7, 2021
My mom Sylvia Peak (deceased ) and I loved Jewel. Her smile was contagious; she had genuine interest in others. She will be missed.
Celeste Toney
Friend
January 7, 2021
Our family loved and treasured Jewel. She was truly committed to her daughters and their children. Her wit, kindness, and devotion to her loved ones was unparalleled. God speed, we will miss you.
Reneva Trahant
Family
January 7, 2021
I have to say her name fitted her personality. She was a jewel & I always loved walking the street & just stopping in to check on her & leaving an hour later. She loved visitors & always made you laugh. Never ever complained. She will truly be missed My thoughts & prayers are with the family. I know she is so excited to now join the love of her life Billy.
claudia mccall
Friend
January 7, 2021
Mrs. Jewel was such a sweet lady. I enjoyed talking with her. Your family is in my prayers.Susan Guillory-Jackson,La.
SUSAN GUILLORY
Coworker
January 6, 2021
Rickey and Debbie I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Mrs Jewel was truly one of a kind, always so sweet and kind to me throughout the years. I know she will be missed by many. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Cecile Lemoine Bankston
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