Sara S. Jordan
89, of Indianapolis, passed away April 20,2013.
Sara Jordan's life was the full embodiment of the Greatest Generation.
She was born August 3, 1923 in rural Pineville, Kentucky. Sara grew up during the Depression, and one can say came from meager beginnings. While money may have been scarce, love was not. Sara was raised by her loving parents (Otis and Nancy Slusher) and surrounded by her 4 beautiful sisters.
With grit, perseverance and a factory job throughout World War II, Sara graduated from Berea College in 1945 with a degree in psychology. It was there she met a young ensign in the Navy V12 program named David Jordan, they were married December 21,1946. Sara and David went on to have five children (all boys), and lived throughout the US, Okinawa and Spain during their 20 year life in the US Military.
Sara played many roles in the life of her family: Drill Sergeant to her five boys, Family Planner, Head Chef, Banker, Tutor, Real Estate Agent...you name it Sara ran the show!
Upon retirement from the Military in 1966, David and Sara settled in Indianapolis, where Sara was the key ingredient to raising a large family. She was active in the League of Women Voters throughout the 1960's & 1970's, and also volunteered endless hours to St Paul's Episcopal Church, where she was a beloved member for 45 years. Sara's culinary skills were legendary amongst the Indianapolis community, whether it was a large family "paella and sangria" gathering, entertaining for a party-wedding (and there were plenty), or feeding 300 hungry St Paul parishioners "real" southern fried chicken and cheese grits, Sara's dishes were devoured at an amazing rate!
For anyone that was lucky enough to know Sara Jordan, they were often struck by her dazzling smile, the kind of smile that made you feel welcome, safe and for the lucky few loved. Through her tireless efforts as a wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother, she made a lasting difference in all our lives.
Sara is survived by her husband of 67 years Dr. David R. Jordan (Lieutenant Colonel USAF, Retired) of Indianapolis, IN; sons, David M. Jordan II (Mary) of Indianapolis IN; Michael A. Jordan (Perry) of San Antonio TX; Bruce M. Jordan (Carol) of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; Mark R. Jordan of Wrightsville Beach, NC; Cary A. Jordan (Kendra) of Ponte Vedra Beach FL; 12 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Gathering will be Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel .
You may visit http://www.leppertmortuary.com where you may share a memory with the family, sign the guest book, or in lieu of flowers, make a memorial contribution to St Paul's Episcopal Church.