Sarah Jordan

12 entries
  • "Sally was my piano teacher when I was a child. Her sons..."
    - Zoë Levitsky
  • "Sweet Sister, Thre are so many wonderful memories. You..."
    - Bill Burrell
  • "What a good sister mom had and a wonderful aunt to me. I..."
    - John Hawthorne Bailey
  • "Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult..."
    - Bernstein Funeral Home
  • "Remembering Aunt Sally today and all the nice times we had..."
    - Bill and Marie Bailey
The Guest Book is expired.

Sarah "Sally" Burrell Jordan, age 92, of Athens, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospice House.
Mrs. Jordan was born December 26, 1919, in Columbia, S.C., to the late James Hanbury Burrell and Kathleen Mobley Burrell. She graduated with highest honors from Salem College, Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1940, and was winner of the Joan of Arc Medal, given by the French government to two students in North Carolina.
She was working at the College of William & Mary, in Virginia, when World War II was declared, and she went to Washington to work in Intelligence as a cryptographer. She returned to Salem College in 1944 as Assistant Dean of Women and Instructor of Latin. There she met the new Head of Romance Languages, Dr. Howard Sheldon Jordan, and they were married two years later.
In 1949, she moved to Athens, where Dr. Jordan accepted the position of Head of Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Georgia. Mrs. Jordan became active in many local groups, among them the League of Women Voters, Church Women United, and the Parent-Teachers Association. She was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, teaching Sunday School, leading Bible Studies, and serving as President of the Church Women. She was also a member of the Athens Choral Society, taught piano, and was President of the Athens Music Teachers Association. She held many offices in the University Woman's Club, including President and Advisor to Newcomers, and was active in many interest groups. In addition to other offices, she was President of the Wednesday Study Club. She was also a writer; her works include her autobiography through her 80th birthday; many poetry collections; collections of reflections, meditations, and essays; and booklets on other subjects.
Mrs. Jordan was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, James Hanbury Burrell Jr., and sister, Frances Burrell Bailey.
She is survived by two sons and their wives: James Burrell Jordan and Brenda Hurlbert, and William Sheldon Jordan and Virginia Tumasz; four grandchildren: Dale Hurlbert Jordan, Douglas Burrell Jordan, Simon Henry Tumasz-Jordan, and Elena Sarah Tumasz-Jordan; a brother: William Law Burrell; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 19, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, with Father Robert Salamone officiating. Interment will follow at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Biblical Horizons, P.O. Box 1096, Niceville, FL 32588; or to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 498 Prince Ave., Athens, GA 30601.
Online condolences may be offered at
Bernstein Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Oct. 17, 2012
Sarah "Sally" Burrell Jordan
Click name above for additional details at:
Arrangements under the direction of:
Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Services
3195 Atlanta Highway | Athens, GA 30606 | (706) 543-7373
Send Flowers
bullet University of Georgia
Funeral Home Details