Leone Jordan passed away Jan. 8, 2014 at Mountain View Healthcare Center, where she had been a resident for the past three years. She was born in Bozeman on June 8, 1930, the third child of Lee B. and Estella (Nordquist) Welch. She completed her schooling in Bozeman and then attended Montana State College.
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In August 1950, she married Raymond (Buck) Jordan. Two daughters were born to this union, Diane and Debbie. Leone spent 36 years of her working life at MSU where she worked at, and later managed, the printing/multilith department. She then retired to spend time with and care for Buck, who was dealing with health issues.
Leone loved to "dress" and had high-heeled shoes to match every outfit! She took great pride in her appearance and very seldom missed her weekly hair appointment with Bob, who kept her beautiful for 47 years.
Buck and Leone were very active with the Shriners for several years and were able to travel with good friends to many places for Shrine events.
Leone was predeceased by Buck, her husband of 58 years; her parents; her two older brothers, Clark and Louis; and her sister, Eunice.
She is survived by her daughters, Diane Statton and Debbie (Steve) Wilken; brother, Glenn (Ruth) Welch; two grandsons, John (Lynne) and Eric (Jim King) Statton; three great-grandsons, Greg, Corey, and Reese; and her beloved "grand-dogs," Sadie, Champ and Tuffy!
A special thank you to all at Mountain View Healthcare and Rocky Mountain Hospice who cared for Leone in such a kind and caring way; also to Dr. Larry Sonnenberg and his nurse, Nancy, who gave such compassionate care to Leone as the ravages of dementia slowly took her from us. Finally, Mom, you are back in the arms of your beloved Buck.
A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate the lives of both Buck and Leone.
Those wishing to make memorial donations should consider Shriner's Hospital for Children, 911 W. 5th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204 or Heart of the Valley Humane Society, PO Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719, both of which were dear to Leone's heart.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2014