Linda May Jordan passed away peacefully at her home in Turner, Oregon. She was with her husband, Bob, and sister, Kendall, and had seen her three children and grandchild. In a soft voice that morning, she whispered “I want to go home to be with Jesus.”
Linda was born in Salem, Oregon to Jacob and Elva Weigum. She lived in Keizer most of her life, attending McNary High School. She was raised on her parents small farm. She was the third of four children.
Linda was a secretary at the Oregon Real Estate Division from 1973 to 1983. She met the love of her life, Bob Jordan, at work in 1974 and they married in May, 1979. They had three children; Melissa Jordan Davey, Nicholas Jordan and Jennifer Jordan.
Linda was an avid gardener and always transformed their yards into bright, colorful oases of flowers and shrubs. Linda spent countless hours outside tending her gardens. She loved the outdoors.
Sewing and knitting were other passions Linda enjoyed. She made her own wedding dress and later made all the bridesmaids dresses for daughter Melissa’s wedding. Linda also knitted prayer shawls for her church. The shawls were prayed over and given to bereaved or ailing individuals. Linda treasured the notes of thanks she received from shawl recipients. The prayer shawl knitting was a personal ministry for her.
Linda also enjoyed facilitating the fund-raising treasure sales for several years for the annual “Tea and Treasures” event at church. Linda so enjoyed searching the thrift stores in town to find items for the event. She would even recruit her sister Kendall to be on the lookout for items, and they both would obtain items all year long just for this event. Linda and Kendall also loved shopping the thrift stores for furniture and home decor items, and occassional fashion finds. Linda decorated her and Bob’s home with many of her very tasteful finds.
Another unusual interest of Linda’s was tap dancing. Linda and sister Kendall tap danced with the Franz School of Dance Troupe at the state fair for a few years. Linda enjoyed practicing the dancing as a way to have some fun exercising.
After Bob’s retirement, Linda and Bob enjoyed traveling on an Alaskan cruise, an Empire Builder train ride to Chicago, cross-country road trips to New Orleans and Boston. They enjoyed travelling to Europe to visit Spain, Portugal, and tour Greece and the Greek isles.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Elva and Jacob Weigum and older brother Kenneth R. Weigum. She is survived by her husband Bob Jordan and children Melissa Davey (Clayton), Nicholas Jordan, Jennifer Jordan, granddaughter Madelyn Davey, sister Kendall Jacobsen-Sheng (Li), brother Lenny Weigum, and several nieces.
A memorial service is planned for Monday, Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. at Salem First Baptist Church in Salem.
Contributions can be made to Salem First Baptist Church or the charity of your choice.