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Elizabeth McDonald "Betty" Jordan

1919 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Elizabeth McDonald "Betty" Jordan Obituary
ELIZABETH BETTY MCDONALD JORDAN Elizabeth "Betty" McDonald Jordan was born in Rhode Island on July 31, 1919. Betty Anne grew up in Pawtucket with her parents and her three siblings, Robert, Tom and Doris. She was always proud of her New England heritage. And she was known to occasionally burst into song," I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy!" In 1937 the family moved to West Palm Beach, Florida where she graduated from high school. A striking beauty, she was offered a modeling career in New York City but she declined. On New Year's Day 1940 she met Bill Jordan on Palm Beach who wooed her from a distance after returning to classes at Duke University. When Bill signed up to join the Army Betty traveled by train across the country and lived with her future mother-in-law in Berkeley, California. Betty married Bill on May 31, 1942. They spent their honeymoon at the Benbow Inn in Humboldt County, a very long drive away. It was there that Betty and Bill welcomed their first 3 children, Faison, Beth and Mac. In 1950 Betty and Bill loaded up the car and drove north to Eureka. She loved to tell people about the drive with 3 kids in diapers and a Siamese cat. The family grew to six in 1955 when Tracy was born. The family lived in Eureka until 1964 when they relocated to Santa Rosa. Betty made dear friends wherever she lived, many through her pastime of playing bridge. She also enjoyed gardening, travel, music and ballet. She was an active volunteer throughout her life for organizations including the American Cancer Society, the Santa Rosa ballet guild, the Red Cross, Luther Burbank gardens and Easter Seals. Professionally she worked for telephone companies on both coasts and was a medical assistant in a private internist's practice for 25 years. She died in her home of 53 years on May 19, 2018. Betty is survived by her sister Doris and sister-in-law Jeri of Lake Placid, Florida, her children Beth and Mac of Santa Rosa; Tracy and son-in-law Richard French of McKinleyville and her grandchildren, Shane Jordan & wife Mayra and their sons, Elliott and James of San Francisco; Taylor Radovich, her husband Jacob and their children Jamison, Ezekial and Aila of Jinja, Uganda and Maisie FuDePei French of McKinleyville. The family wishes to especially thank her in-home caregivers Kate Gajda, Shinga Shell, and Alison Clark. Donations to honor Betty may be made to veteran's service organizations, Catholic Charities, the Global Belief Project, or the . Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
Published in Eureka Times-Standard on June 24, 2018
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