Cleone Jordan
1937 - 2021
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Cleone Jordan

We are sad to announce the passing of our dear mother, Cleone Jordan. Cleone Constance Forest Jordan passed peacefully on January 5, 2021 in Seattle Washington. She was born July 20, 1937 to Conrad and Iona Forest. She spent much of her childhood with her aunts Virginia and Evie and with her beloved grandmother Helen Meltsch. Cleone graduated from Great Falls High School and worked in downtown Great Falls at Sears and Roebuck. She was married to Wesley James Jordan and that union produced Julie and Mark. From that time forward she devoted her life to her family making certain her kids were afforded the most idyllic childhood that she could muster. She created activities and projects for her kids that eventually defined who they became as adults. The family lived in Cascade Montana during the early years and eventually she and Jim built their family home in Brookwood Park Estates, south of Great Falls. On October 8, 1967 her husband Jim was killed in an airplane crash rendering her a single parent. She was further galvanized into making sure her kids were raised "right" and learned to become independent adults. She devoted the next decade to just that, instilling the values of hard work, education and honesty. Cleone decided she would keep the house she and Jim built in Brookwood Park Estates and raise her kids there. She loved her home and stayed in the family home until just two years ago. Being one of the longest residents of Brookwood Park, she became the self-appointed Brookwood Park Mayor. She was the neighborhood ski mom and hauled a carload of kids every weekend to King's Hill. She also took her niece and nephew; Rick and Chris Jacobs skiing every weekend and took them under her nurturing wing. During that time, she worked at The Paris of Montana, a job she adored. She later had the opportunity to work for Anderson-Eldering Travel Agency, which opened doors to the world. She and her life partner, Dick Olson traveled to almost every corner of the globe. They took sea planes into fishing villages in Alaska, helicopter tours over volcanos, cruises and tours throughout the many islands of the South China Seas, tours through all of Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, all the time bringing back mementos from around the world. Her favorite destinations were the streets of Hong Kong, the markets of Marrakesh and the beaches of Mexico. She retired early from the travel agency and continued to travel with Dick and a group of mutual friends. She and Dick also embarked on building a log cabin at Big Sky Lake, at which they endlessly entertained family and friends. Christmas and Fourth of July were always a BIG affair that included sledding, board games, fishing, snowmobiling, swimming and bonfires. After Dick's untimely passing she continued to spend much of her time at Big Sky Lake with her family and enjoyed her cabin immensely for the next 25 years. Cleone had a rich network of friends throughout her life that adored her and maintained their bonds with her throughout much of her life. She immersed herself in caring for her Aunties, Evelyn and Virginia, and relished her grandkids (Stefan, Mallory, Julia, Graham and Grant) and great-grand kids (Jackson and Bridger). Cleone faced many challenges in her life and always met with them head-on. Her final challenge was having to live with and cope with dementia. Her bravery and honesty in that challenge epitomized and defined her amazingly strong constitution. She lived independently until two years ago when she went to Seattle to be near her son Mark. We love and honor her for all she gave to so many others. Her artistic talent lives on in her projects at the lake and through her pottery. Unfortunately, last week Cleone contracted Coronavirus and succumbed to it. Her children were able to be with her during her hospitalization, to comfort her, thank her, reminisce with her and finally say goodbye. At her request she did not want a memorial service, which will be honored. Sort of. Mark, Julie and families will make a final road trip of love and celebration with her, sprinkling a bit of her ashes along the way in her favorite places and then on to her final resting point in Great Falls, Montana to be interred with her Aunties and her pets. Cleone is survived by her son Mark Jordan of Seattle Washington and daughter Julie Hickethier of Whitefish Montana, grandchildren Stefan (Jordan), Mallory, Julia (Jesse), Grant, and great grandchildren Jackson and Bridger. She is also survived by step siblings Patty Bumgardner, Lee and Casey Forest. She was preceded in death by her parents Connie and Iona, husband Jim, her Aunt Virginia, Aunt Evelyn, step siblings Cindy and Jerry Forest, her partner Dick and her nephew Graham. The man upstairs, as she referred to Him, has just welcomed into heaven a force to be reckoned with, an artistic, beautiful, loving and giving soul. In lieu of flowers or a memorial service, donations can be made in Cleone's name at a charity of your choice or at Alzheimers.org.




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Published in Great Falls Tribune from Jan. 12 to Jan. 17, 2021.
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January 21, 2021
We were close friends of Cleone and Jim when they lived in Cascade. We spent many enjoyable days fishing with them and dodging their huge lab Stormy's tail. There were no breakable knicknacks on the various tables in their house. Years later she was the group leader for our group that went to Matzalan, Mexico. We shared many a good time on that trip. She was a great lady and always took care of our travel needs when she worked at Anderson-Elerding Travel.
Terry Salo
Friend
January 16, 2021
Dear Family of Cleone, I so enjoyed Cleone as a classmate and through the years as we worked on Reunion projects. Her creative ideas made working on any project interesting and fun and always enjoyed by all. She was amazing, kind, caring and such a pleasure to be with. Most sincerely Sydne Abernathy
Sydne Abernathy
Classmate
January 16, 2021
Your mom was an Angel in our lives. The sheer audacity to take several children to King's Hill so that they could learn to enjoy skiing was exemplary of her above and beyond kindness. So many good memories, Julie and Mark. The Tynes family is holding you all in our thoughts and prayers. Be gentle with yourselves...
Sheryl Tynes
Friend
January 16, 2021
I knew Cleone from Anderson Elerding Travel. Then she met Dick and I was managing AAA Travel and they would come in and book their travel adventures with me. What a lovely lady she was.
God bless her and her family.
Fondly
Candice Schuster
Candice Schuster’
Friend
January 15, 2021
Rest in peace Cleone! Thank for all memories from. Our days at the Paris of Montana!
My condolences to all of you! Cleaned was a special person!!
Friend
January 14, 2021
Sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Your Mom and Dad were good friends with my Mom and Dad, John & Carol Hall, so long ago. I always admired Cleone even when I was a child as she was so nice and was such a cool Mom and then I became an adult and ran into her a few times in Great Falls and remember thinking that she is such a classy lady. Prayers for you all and please be well. Rest In Peace pretty lady!
Connie Hall McCarthy
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