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JORDAN BRENDA JORDAN On December 22, 2009, of Washington, DC. Wife of Thomas Jordan; daughter of Alma Barnes; sister of Demetrius; mother of Demetrius, Rozalyn, Rhonda and Ronita; other relatives and friends. Visitation 9 a.m., service 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 30, Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Catholic Church, 1357 East Capitol St., SE. Services by J.B. JENKINS.

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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 27, 2009.
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February 20, 2021
My dear Mrs. Jordan,
You were like a second mother to me. Rehersals, to recitals, to traveling and dancing all over the U.S., to your driving me home when no one was there to pick me up, I thank you. Thank you for pushing me to being the absolute best I can be. I am so grateful and thankful to have been a part of the BRENCAR Dancers, Company and Family. Rest well, until we meet again. I will never forget you. ❤
Lawan Ferguson (Jameson)
January 17, 2010
Dear Jordan Family:

I wish to express my condolences to you all and sorry to hear about your lost. Mrs. Jordan (Nana) was a great woman and she will be greatly miss. Although Ebony didn't get to say goodbye she knows that her Nana is looking down on her (granddaughter) as she will truly follow in her Nana's footsteps by being a great dancer.

Good Bless You All

Lisa & Ebony Adams
Lisa Adams
January 6, 2010
Just got the word of your love ones passing. Brenda and I were friends from S.E. DC and the Census Bureau.

George Hill
G Hill
January 5, 2010
I will never forget the days at dance class on saturdays, it was so much fun. Couldn't wait to get dressed up in our costumes for the recitals, with all my family there to watch. Cuzzin you will be greatly missed and I owe my love for dancing to you. RIP!!
January 5, 2010
Tommy, Twig, Rozzie, Rhonda, Ronita
Brenda will be truly missed! I have so many fond memories of being a BrenCar Dancer, especially the Cabarets. Brenda was their for me during my most special and tearful moments. Brenda is among the Angels. She is always with you!
Nicole Rhodes (Nickens)
January 5, 2010
You will be greatly missed. I hope and pray that I become half of the women you were.

Love you,
January 5, 2010
Oh the joy, the pride, the pure happiness I felt being a Bren-Car Dancer!!! I was content spending an entire Saturday at dance rehearsal and couldn't wait until the next week to do it all again. I loved to dance, and still do, but it was the love that came from Mrs. Jordan, her mom and her daughters that made the Bren-Car experience special. She will be missed.
Nichole Best
January 4, 2010
My condolences to the family. I keep your family in our prayers. Your neighbor back in the day.
Connie Barner
January 3, 2010
Dear Family,
On behalf of myself and our entire DC/Metropolitan Dance Community, our sweet Brenda Jordon is a dear soul who will be deeply missed. She was our sister and her work touched the hearts of many. She leaves a tremendous legacy of saved lives due to her countless hours of dedication and unrelenting commitment to the arts and our young people. To the family, we extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to ease your loss at this time. Please remember she is not gone because she lives in you and the thousands of lives she touched.

God Bless You
Carol Foster
Carol Foster
January 3, 2010
Remembering the days when we use to dance at the boys and girls club. I'll forever admire your dedication and patience. The world has been slighted now but Heaven has gain an ANGEL. RIP Cousin of mine.
Zandra Crawford
January 2, 2010
Roz, Twig & Jordan Family,

I just heard of your sad news. I wish I could have been there for you to show my support. You guys are like family to me. I have stood in your shoes and know that God takes care of all of us through His will.

Please know that you all are in my prayers and to listen to your mother's voice in your head. She will continue to speak to you through your memories.

May God keep you all close at this time of sorrow.

Classmate and Bren-Car Dancer,
Renee Metts-Williams
January 1, 2010
To the Jordan Family, you and your family are in my prayers. As a student of Bren-Car I learned so much. Her memory will dance on in all that she touched.
December 31, 2009
To the Jordan Family,

My prayers are with you all. I was a student of Bren-Car back in the 70's, and what an impact it has had on my life. Brenda will be truly missed by all. Remember to look to the hills from whence cometh your help.

God Bless!

Sinita Bess Anderson
Sinita Bess Anderson
December 31, 2009
Mr. Jordon, Twig, Roz, Rhonda and Renita,

Just looking around that "PACKED CHURCH" yesterday showed a fraction of folks that Mrs. Jordan touched and keeping that in mind - I hope lets all of you know that family and friends care and are there for you.

I thank God for Mrs. Jordan, she exposed SO MANY of us to horizons that we otherwise may not have known. She was a BLESSING and may "The Father" continue to BLESS you and "The Son" KEEP you and "The Holy Spirit" COMFORT all of you in the days to come!

Love - a former Bren-Car Dancer and Classmate,
Theresa Lindsey
December 30, 2009
To the Jordan Family, may Lord be with you and heal your broken heart. In 1967, Brenda taught Susan, Carmen, Stephanie, and Michelle a dance called Mission Impossible. We all left Incarnation and follow her to the Boys and Girls Club in 1968. What a wonderful time we had dancing and fellowshipping. Brenda was a wonderful woman and everyone she touched will testify to this statement. The memories of the time we spend together will be engraved in my head for the rest of my life.

May God Bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Elizabeth (Liz) Bunn
December 30, 2009
To the Jordan family, in this hard time please remeber "That to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord" And that she has left a legacy that many of us wish and dream to leave..

When I was younger.. I wanted to be like my sister Tisha so I was put in BrenCar at a young age.. years down the road when I wasn't on my best behavior, I was walking home one day with friends that my mom didn't approve of, and I saw this truck in the front of my mom's house.. I panicked because I knew it was you lol.. you pulled me to the side and talk to me. I still had my good and bad days from then on, but you were always there.

Thank you for being there for My Mom, Tisha, Jazmine, Janiya, and myself..

We love you always..
The Ruff and Marshall Family)
December 30, 2009
To The Jordan Family,
I extend condolences from The O'Neal Family to yours. When I saw the notice in the paper my heart just went out to you. Ms. Jordan was a mentor and a friend to both myself and my daughter as she was in the Bren-Car dancers as a child. The Saturdays of heading over to practice @ The boys and girls club seem like yesterday. I am so grateful to have met and known such a beautiful woman.
Love, The O'Neals
Jeri - Me
Ahmanda M. O'Neal -Bren Car dancer 2001-2003
Jeri ONeal
December 30, 2009
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Jordan Family. Mrs. Jordan was a "JEWEL and will be missed. Mrs.Jordan You have been such an impact on my life. You gave me such inspiration and courage in all that i do. Without Bren Car keeping me so busy, I had no time to get into anything outside of dance. Thank you so much Mrs. Jordan and the BrenCar family. Love always, Twala Mcclain.
December 30, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Mr. & Mrs. John Ward & family.
Debra Ward
December 30, 2009
To the Jordan Family, I would liike to send my condulances and prayers to all of you and most of all I would like to express how Ms. jordan has been such an inspiring person in my life.If it wasnt for her I would not have had the opportunity to dance and learn gymnastist. I will always be grateful to have had the chance to become one of Bren-Car's family. Love Merchy and Family.
meredith Latta
December 30, 2009
Nana, I will always love you and be thankful for allowing me to blossom and work on my craft(singing). All those choir nights and all the times I sung at countless dance recitals I will never forget. You will always be an inspiration to me, and I will never forget your encouraging words and wisdom!!

Lisa, Darve'll and Darnell Jr.
Lisa Hunt
December 30, 2009
Dear Tom:

I trust you and the family are well as can be expected. While glancing through the Washington Post this past Sunday, I learned of the passing of your beloved wife Brenda. My heart goes out to you and the family. Nothing can prepare us for the lost of a loved one so dear… I pray that fond and cherished memories-along with the presence of family and friends-will sustain you during this period...

Coach, I found myself reflecting on your wife’s life and her contributions to this community and this City---a City like no other, a Capital City. I thought of all the accolades, achievements and awards the Bren Car dancers received. I could not help but think of the principal source of those successes; I thought of your wife and her contributions to generations of young girls…I thought of all of the hours she dedicated to working with them at Eastern Branch Boys/Girls Club; I thought of the many triumphant moments on national shows like Amateur Night at the Apollo; I thought of how so many of us from the neighborhood rejoiced and lived through those triumphs as if we were on stage performing with them…Coach, when I reflected on the contributions of your wife to our community, I could only pause and say ‘My, my, my, a live well lived and the Lord of Host used her talents in a mighty way!’

Many of us left the neighborhood for roads that more than likely took us to places we never imagined we would see…Nevertheless, we went with the humility and confidence that we could do what was required of us because somewhere in our lives Thomas and Brenda Jordan’s teachings had a positive impact on us…We knew we belonged…Even in our marital relationships we knew we could be good husbands and good wives because Thomas and Brenda Jordan established the model for a successful marriage for us to emulate…Thank you.

From all of us as well as from all of the men, women, boys and girls who may not know of this moment and can not be here, please know that because of you and your beloved wife Brenda,

“[We] believe [we] can fly…If [we] can see it.....Then [we] can do it If [we] just believe it.....There's nothing to it
[We] believe [we] can fly.....[We] believe [we] can touch the sky. [We] think about it ev'ry night and day.....Spread [our] wings and fly away. [We] believe [we] can soar.....See [us] running through that open door. [We] believe [we] can fly.... [We] believe [we] can fly..... [We] believe [we] can fly”
Calvin "Teddy" Hawkins
December 30, 2009
To My extended Family my prayers are with you. Ma, Thank You for Blessing me with your Gift of Dance. The knowledge that I gained from you has made me a strong, stern, compassionate, loving, caring, sincere and quite AWESOME!!(LOL)Dance teacher/choreographer that I am today. I have brought your way of teaching technique to my dancers (even the dance stick...I have 4)I know you are laughing!!! Thank you for being there when I just needed to talk since I have been in Atlanta. You said to me "Tisha, you BETTER start teaching dance in Atlanta...Open a school!!" I called you when I started back teaching 2 yrs ago and you where so happy for me!!! I THANK YOU!!! I came back home to work on your 30yr reunion..Boy did you give us the blues...but it was worth every hour that we did not sleep...LOL...Ma, I can't be there to celebrate your life today due to holiday sceduling at work..But I know that I will CELEBRATE your LIFE for the rest of my life...I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!! Teach those ANGEL how to dance in the PRESENCE of the LORD...Demi-plié...and UP!!!
Miss You, Ma!!!
(Bren-Car Dancers Alumni)
Tish Ruff
December 30, 2009
To the Jordan Family we extend our condolences during this hour--a very sad hour. You have been left with a proud legacy to remember and honor with love, thoughts, and actions. I know my classmate, friend, and former co-worker is now instructing, with passion, in heaven.

I know you will miss her and we will also. Oh that smile was like none other.

Respectfully submitted,
William & LaVada Frazier-Blue
LaVada Frazier-Blue
December 30, 2009
With fond memories of the start of BrenCar, many lives have been touched and changed by our Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club family member, Brenda. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal...Peace...
Anita Gould
December 29, 2009
My deepest sympathy go out to the Jordan family. I am truly sadden by your loss. She was a great lady. While attending BrenCar, Mrs. Jordan along with Rhonda and Renita taught my grandbabies respect, love, how to work hard and dance with feelings. She was loved and will be missed by everyone. (MaBeam)
Betty Beam
December 29, 2009
I would like to send my condolences to Mr. Jordan, Rhonda, Renita, Rozzie, and Twig. I've been in my feelings since I found out about Mrs.Jordan, she will be missed by alot of people. She touch so many people lives as well as mine. Dancing with BrenCar Dancers was wonderful and it was like my second family. Songs come on the radio that we danced to and it brought back memories. Even though I haven't seen anyone in a long time, I still have the memories and it has me thinking back on all the good times. LOL Rhonda was my play mother back then and I use to stay at the house during those times and i had fun. Mrs. Jordan taught us how to dance and enjoy it at the same time, now she is in GOD hands and is helping all the Angels to learn some of the moves. This is emotional for me and I will miss you!!!!!!!!!(Former Bren Car Dancer)
Kelita Claiborne
December 29, 2009
Mrs. Jordan,

Thanks for being instrumental in allowing us to hold our belly dancing classes at the Boys and Girls Club. Seeing your smile every Saturday was a blessing. Enjoy your new body and eternal home.
GwenDolyn Yarborough Hall
December 29, 2009
My prayers go out to the family and friends of Brenda Jordan. Mrs. Jordan taught my daughter respect, discipline, and how to be confident. My daughter and my-self are better people becasue of her.
Brandy Francis
December 29, 2009
To My "Children of the Gospel" & BET Urbanation, Partner, Mom,& Friend... Brenda you were one of a kind!! You were a wonderful and passionate friend. We would ride many cold, nights in your Range Rover packed with kids to go and bless the Lord thru song & dance...You will always be remembered!!!

To The Family, "God Loved her more"

Peace & Love,
Mel Davis & Family
Vermille Davis
December 29, 2009
To my cousin's:

During my deepest darkest hours you were there for me....and i truly understand where you are right now...i know all so well what it is like to not have your mommy here in the natural anymore...but oh our God is great....she is resting with Him right now...and no more pain....and dancing with all the angels...she will be lookin out for us while we still have a purpose here on earth...

What is there to say about the greatest dancer to grace the dance floor....nothing but pure BEAUTY....i was so blessed to be apart of the Bren-Carr Dancers...i will never forget the day when i was 3 yrs old and my shoe lace came untied and i sat down in the middle of the recital and i would not complete the dance until somebody tied my shoes (lol)...thank you cousin for showing me the beauty of dance.

I love you all so much....anytime you need me not matter what time...u can call on me....
LeVette Crawford & Family
Levette Crawford
December 29, 2009
My Condolences go out to the family. I have very found memories all the way back to the Bren Carr dancers. Thoughs were the best years of my life and I am so grateful to have been able to share them with someone as wonderful and caring as Mrs. Jordan.

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Ps 4.8)
Tiffani Treadwell
December 29, 2009
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Jordan Family. Every time I was in MOM's company she always welcomed me with that pretty smile and a big hug. Whenever I was around she always made me fell like part of the family. And I thank her for that. She will be greatly missed physically but spiritually I will fell her presence. Peace and blessings.
Kayce Jones
December 29, 2009
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Jordan Family. May God comfort you during this time and strengthen at this time and infold you in his love. In Jesus precious name.
Willie and Christine Jones
December 29, 2009
My condolences to each of you. May God strengthen and keep you in his care. Jean Cox (Debbie's Aunt, Baltimore MD)
December 28, 2009
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Jordan family. Remember Brenda is home now she has no more pain and will suffer no more. She will always be with all of us whom she has touched. I thank God that she touched my life. She will be greatly missed.
Patricia Jackson
December 28, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Michele Knight-Smith
December 28, 2009
To Mr. Jordan, Twig, Rozzi, Ronda and Renita,
My prayer go to you all. Ms. Jordan was such a wonderful teacher and mentor and we will miss her.
Debi Williams
December 28, 2009
To the Jordan Family,
I am truly sorry for your loss. Mrs. Jordan taught me valuable life lessons of hard work, perseverence, and to strive for perfection. She was an excellent choreographer and a wonderful person. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
LaTaunya Darden (Hamer)
December 28, 2009
Mr. Jordan, Grandma and the rest of the Jordan family, our prayers are with you all Ms. Jordan (Nana) will be greatly miss. She is in heaven dancing with the angels. She made an impacked on our lives and she will always be remember. Lorraine, Nakia & Sojonia Former Brencar Dancers and parent.
Lorraine Anderson
December 28, 2009
Our Prayers go out to the Jordan and Bren-Car Family. Brenda will truly be missed.
Darlene Dorsey
December 28, 2009
Dear Tommy, Twig, Rozzie,Rhonda and Renita,
I feel your pain, I am so sorry for the lost of Brenda she was my Mother too I pray that the Lord will bring you comfort at this time she will always be in my heart
Love Bingo
Gwen Marshall
December 27, 2009
To The Jordan Family: Brenda was such a giant to our community. We were truly blessed to have her invest and provide "standards of excellence" to many generations. Brenda was a Mother and a friend to an abundance of her students...she had a heart of pure gold. Thank you very much for lending your precious wife and mother to us. I believe our almighty God is having Brenda to direct the "Angels" to prepare us for our final call. I will miss her!!
Demetrious "Jerry" Kinney
December 27, 2009
Tom and family I'm truly sorry for your lost for she was a very good friend and teacher to me also,stay strong and maintain a most positive life in her memory,God Bless you all.
Burton Hagwood
December 27, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Jordan and Bren-Car Family.
Irene Johnson
December 27, 2009
Tom and the Kids may you grow stronger and maintain the positve life Brenda wanted for you all,I learned a great deal from her and Tom,may God Bless you sorry for your lost,Burton Hagwood
Burton Hagwood
December 27, 2009
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Cheryl & Kevin Crawford
December 27, 2009
To the Jordan Family,
May God Comfort and Keep you during your time of grievance. Mrs. Jordan was a wonderful person that was full of life. She taught children how to live their life and express themselves through dance. She was truly loved and will be greatly missed. You and your family are in our prayers.

Al,Danita and Sharde'(former Brencar dancer)
Danita Royster
December 27, 2009
Dear Thomas, and family. I want to express my condolences to you, it has been very enjoyable growing up with you and Brenda.

marjorie Lancaster Edge
December 26, 2009
Dear Tommy, Twig, Rozzie, Rhonda and Renita,
NaNa will be truly missed, but always remember that she will always be in our hearts. Keeping you in my prayers
Deborah,Donald Jr., Deonna, & Critter.
Deborah Burrell
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