O'Guins, O'Gwins, O'Gwynns and O'Quins in Early America

Edith Jewel Kennimer

Female 1917 - 2013  (95 years)


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  • Name Edith Jewel Kennimer  [1, 2
    Born 11 Mar 1917  Wood Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1930  Wood Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1954  Lubbock, Lubbock Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 25 Feb 2013  Lubbock, Lubbock Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried 27 Feb 2013  Resthaven Mem Park, Lubbock, Lubbock Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Find a Grave # Mar 2013  106319039 Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I02341  Hardy TN Founder
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2015 

    Family Vernon Coy O'Guinn,   b. 11 Dec 1912, Hunt Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 2005, Lubbock, Lubbock Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 28 Aug 1943  Spur, Dickens Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. James Coy O'Guinn,   b. 22 Apr 1946, Dickens Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1993  (Age > 48 years)
     2. D.A. O'Guinn
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F0473  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Edith Jewel O'Guinn was born on March 11, 1917 in Hainville, Wood County, Texas to James Henry Kennimer and Willie Yancy Kennimer. She had four siblings, two brothers and two sisters. Edith was the second oldest child in her family just behind her oldest sister Lucille. She was born in her house instead of a hospital. She and her sisters did not have toys so for fun they played outside and rode the pigs. The pigs would throw them off and run under the house. Her first job was working on her family farm. Her family lived as sharecroppers and worked the land lent to them by the landowner. They did not have a tractor so her dad used a mule and her and her sister went along behind him and planted. When she was old enough she worked the mule and the plow.

      The family did not own a car so they went everywhere in the horse drawn wagon or they would walk. They had to walk over a mile to church and to Cartwright Country School. She lived during the Great Depression. During this time her family was unable to work the farm. Her father borrowed $48.00 to try to get the family through the hard times. She stopped going to school after the 8th grade. When she was fourteen she started working in a sewing room in the town closest to the family farm to support the family. Her dad was very sick and could not work anymore. The family lived off of the $25.00 a week that she earned. When the Great Depression was over her family was forced to move into town.

      Edith continued to sew and support her family until she married Vernon O'Guinn. Her older sister had married young but Edith waited until she was 27 years old to marry. Not long after they married her husband moved them to Dickens, TX. Her dad was 54 and her mom was 66 when they died from cancer. While they lived in Dickens she and Vernon both worked on a farm. They soon moved to Spur, TX where Vernon worked as a mechanic making about $47.00 a week and Edith continued to sew and work in the local diner. Their first home in Spur was an apartment behind someone's house. The apartment rent was $15.00 per month. She remembers there first grocery bills were $18.00 a month.

      Edith was blessed with two children, James Coy and Doris Ann. Both of her children were born in their home in Spur. After the children were born she took her first job in a five and dime variety store in Spur. She would spend the next 42 years working in Variety stores until she retired at the age of 72.

      Every Friday and Saturday night her and her family would go to the picture show (movie) where tickets were a quarter. Back then the movie only sold popcorn and it was a nickel a bag. No matter how hard it was they always found the money each week to attend the picture. Edith said she used her sewing skills to sew blankets and clothes for the family. She used cotton flour sacks for the material and made both of the kids clothing out of them. When the children started school the family moved to Lubbock where Vernon took a job as a mechanic and Edith worked for TG&Y. They rented homes until they built their first home in 1963. Edith and Vernon's first car was a 1939 Ford, they got there first phone when she was thirty and her first television when she was thirty-four. They did not have an indoor restroom until they moved to their first rent house in Lubbock in 1947.

      Her hobbies were sewing, cooking, and canning. One of her greatest accomplishment was when her and Vernon were able to get on their feet and make a good living.

      One of the most exciting things in her life was when she got married. Her husband died on May 4, 2005 from cancer. She and Vernon were married for sixty-two years. Edith Jewel O'Guinn passed from this life on Monday, February 25 just shy of her 96th birthday. As her family gathered around her to pray, Mema took her last breath and very peacefully passed away. In the blink of an eye she met Jesus face to face. She lived a wonderful life. We will miss her home-cooked meals, her garden in the spring and her pies, chow chow and jellies. Edith Jewel O'Guinn is my Mema.

      Mema is survived by her son Coy and his wife Kathy and her daughter Doris Smith. She is survived by five grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren: Cory and Kelly O'Guinn (Lauren and Sydney), Jami and Steve Smith (Dustin, Hunter, Maegan), Cody and Jena O'Guinn (Ainsley, Rorey, Jaxyn), Katie and James Majors (Michael, Sarah, Kassi, Garrett, Emily) and Crystal Johnson (Dale). Edith was proceeded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters, two brothers, and an infant great grandson Matthew Smith.

  • Sources 
    1. [S006442] Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997.

    2. [S001894] 1930 United States Federal Census.

    3. [S006733] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989.

    4. [S003569] Find a Grave Website.

    5. [S005422] Online obit.