Ethel Pearl Jordan, 94, passed away at Benedictine Health Center in Duluth, Minn., on April 17, 2018. Mrs. Jordan was born March 25, 1924, in rural Clark county Kansas to Hugh and Minnie Taylor. The family moved to Wayne County Iowa in 1929.
She graduated from Allerton High School in 1942 and taught two years in rural school then for three years in a United Presbyterian mission school in Frenchburg, Ken. She then returned to school and got a bachelor of arts from Sterling College in Sterling, Kan. It was there she met and married Ralph Jordan in 1950. She continued teaching Sunday school and leading junior choirs in the churches they served and teaching in public schools for a total of 36 years. Attending classes through the years, she had the equivalent of a masters degree.
When Ralph and Ethel retired they moved to Corydon and worked in the restoration building located on the Round Barn Historic site near Allerton.
Ethel adored flowers and was a quilter. Her quilts won top prizes. She quilted the Iowa sesquicentennial Iowa quilt and made many quilts for fundraisers for the Round Barn and the United Presbyterian Church. The photo of her Garden Album quilt hangs in the U.S. Embassy of Praia, Cape Verde near the coast of Africa.
Ethel became a member of the Allerton United Presbyterian Church in 1940 and when they returned to this area she transferred back and served as an elder of the session.
She was preceded in death by husband, Ralph Jordan; parents and seven of her brothers and sisters.
Surviving are son, John (Trudy) Jordan of Duluth Minn., Marjorie (Wayne) Gaeddert of Osawatomie Kan., five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, sister, Eva Christian of Portland Ore., brother Roy Taylor of Scottsdale, Ariz., and other relatives and friends.
Ethelís life touched the lives of many people over the years who will remember her for her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, her leadership, and the joy and laughter she brought to the lives of those who knew her.
A graveside service is planned at the Allerton cemetery May 19 at 11 a.m.. Friends are welcome to attend.