By: Isabel Pedersen

jewell-emswiller-3Aptly named, Jewell Emswiller is one of the newest Plymouth Harbor residents. Jewell chose Plymouth Harbor after much research into Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) here and in Virginia.

Jewell and her husband Carl retired in 2000 and began to winter in Sarasota. Tennis became a primary interest in their lives. In fact, Jewell was a contender in two super senior national tournaments.

Coming from a small town in Arkansas, she met Carl when her family moved to Jacksonville, Florida. They married after a whirlwind courtship and moved, for a time, to Newfoundland where Carl was stationed at the Naval Air Station, a primitive early warning base. It was in Newfoundland that they learned what values were really important.

Richmond, Virginia, came next, where Carl received his degree in pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia. They then bought a traditional drug store in Leesburg, Virginia, converting it into an office practice of pharmacy. Jewell, giving up on her own career, joined him in his practice, becoming his full partner in business as well as in life.

Their efforts to develop collaboration among health professional students and practitioners were honored by the creation of an annual symposium named for them. Its purpose is to foster increased collaboration among those providing health care.

In Leesburg, they were known for their willingness to serve the community. Jewell served on and chaired the Loudon County Planning Commission, the town council, and was an active member of the Rotary Club. In her spare time, she earned a degree from George Mason University.

In Sarasota, her curiosity led her to become a flower arranger. Her arrangements were a part of “Ringling in Bloom” at the Ringling Museum a few years ago. She is also a past president of the Sarasota Garden Club.

With her camera always handy, she has become a photographer of note, winning the 2012 “Best of Loudon” Photo Award, given by the local newspaper.

Jewell splits her time between Leesburg and Plymouth Harbor. We are pleased that Jewell’s research led her here to Plymouth Harbor. Welcome.