SEPTEMBER 1, 1957 – AUGUST 5, 2020
Julia ‘Jewel’ Mathieson was a mother, wife, teacher, an activist and true pillar in our Sonoma County community. Graduating from Sonoma State University with a teaching credential, Jewel spent her life educating through creativity, interpretive dance, and her appreciation for language through her written poetry.
Jewel taught at Montessori school and had great accomplishments with the 7 Rhythms dance troupe and poetry slams.
In 2005, Jewel overcame her battle with breast cancer which resulted in a mastectomy. In honor of her battle won, Jewel decided to create art out of the pain she endured by adorning her scars with a chest tattoo. Her art was a badge of honor she proudly wore as a reminder to always keep fighting. Jewel’s poetry, inspired in this period, is being published in book form.