Marie Jordan
1931 - 2020
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Marie Jordan

Urbandale - Marie Jordan of Urbandale, Iowa passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020. The cause of death was a COVID-19 related illness.

Marie was married for 49 happy years to Jim Jordan, who preceded her in death in 2003. Marie was born on July 9, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA to Eugene and Marie McNally. The oldest of five children, she was a graduate of Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls and Fitzgerald Mercy School of Nursing in Philadelphia.

Stricken by polio in 1954, she overcame the illness to become the loving and supportive mother of seven children, who now mourn her passing: James (Marilyn) of Pennington NJ, Thomas (Holly) of Johnston, Julie Metros of Johnston, Patricia Smith (Sam) of Granger, Barbara Tillinghast (David) of Urbandale, Clare Jordan (Terry) of West Burke, VT and John of Scottsdale, AZ. She was the grandmother of eighteen and great-grandmother of ten, who will miss her deeply. She is also survived by her sister Dolores, brother Michael and pre-deceased by her brother Gene and sister Patricia.

Marie's ability to cope with adversity - polio, job transfers, opening a small business, breast cancer, the accidental death of husband, Jim, - provides her family and friends with an example of perseverance and inner strength to be admired and emulated.

Due to the pandemic, a memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

Donations in Marie's memory may be made to Special Olympics- Iowa and the March of Dimes. Online condolences can be expressed at

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Apr. 24 to Apr. 26, 2020.
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April 29, 2020
Sorry to hear of your loss. Covid-19 makes grieving and sharing more difficult.
george cockayne
April 28, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss! I had the pleasure of getting to know Marie at Martina place and so loved my short time with her: we always laughed together and she loved talking about her family!!! I will miss her so much and want you all know how sorry I am!!
Andrea Krueger
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