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Daughter of Anna and James Stark, La Donna Jordan was born in Chicago, Illinois, and passed away in Port Angeles at the age of 84 from age-related causes.
La Donna moved to California, where she graduated from Whittier High School.
She married Clarence Young and as a Navy wife traveled the world with her four children in tow, settling in Washington state in 1966.
Her first marriage ended in divorce after 20 years, but she later married Virgil Jordan in Aberdeen, Washington. The couple were separated by Virgil's passing.
She spent the last 20 years living next to her daughter Nancy and her family in Clallam County, where she met her soulmate by accident after answering a wrong-number call. Griff was the light of her life for more than five years.
She was a woman of wonder and kindness. We her children do not need to express what a wonderful, loving mother she was; it was evident in how she always put us first and foremost, letting us know she loved us.
But what may not be known is how talented and funny she was. She was a watercolor artist, crossword puzzle whiz, bingo winner and pool lounge champion. She loved pink carnations, 3 Musketeers candy bars and tea. She always had a fresh tea bag in her purse.
She loved music and to dance, the color green, but most of all, she loved her family, friends, community and country. She was a member of the women's Veterans of Foreign Wars, CWF, Eagles and First Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, husband and son-in-laws Steve Long and Lance Fuller.
She will be deeply missed by her children, Karen Long, Nancy Fuller Grieser, Janice Martinson and Scott Young; grandchildren Michelle and husband Doug, Jeremy, Hilary and husband Gary, Silas and wife Vanessa, and Kai; great-grandchildren Michael, Justin, Keanu, Nicholas, Anthony, Gabe, Ashely, Makanee and Helakee; son-in-laws Glen Edwards, Charlie Grieser and Bob Martinson; daughter-in-law Darlene Young; her soulmate, Griff Chrysler; and her many friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 26, at noon at First Christian Church, 2606 South Race Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest chapter, at www.nationalmssociety.org/was.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Jan. 25, 2013