Ethal M. Jordan (1916-2005)

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Ethal M. Jordan died Dec. 28, 2005, in Craig. She was 89.

Jordan was born Aug. 21, 1916, to William H. Frost and Melvina Logston.

In May 1919, her family moved from Nebraska to Craig. A few years later, the Frost family homesteaded south of Hamilton on Moody Creek, known to many as Stinking Gulch.

During the Great Depression, the family of nine children moved to Craig, along Fortification Creek, and she worked for various ranches, including the Woodbury Creamery.

On Nov. 23, 1935, she wed Raymond L. Jordan and moved to Morapos and lived on the O.P. Jordan Homestead, where they operated the family ranch. To this union, four children were born, Larry, Peggy, Mary, and Donna Rae. During the oil boom years, the Jordan family moved to the Moffat oil fields. In the late 1940s, the family moved to Hamilton.

Through the years, Jordan volunteered for numerous organizations. Her volunteer work included: 18 years as a pink lady for the Craig hospital auxiliary, 13 years as a manager for the A&W drive-in kitchen, 30 years as an article writer for the Morapos/Hamilton Community News. She also was instrumental in starting the hot lunch program at the Hamilton School and was a very active member of the Moffat County Cowbelles.

Jordan served for nearly 50 years as a Cooperative Weather Observer for the U.S. National Weather Service. For this service she recently received two prestigious awards, the Hagemeyer award and the John Companius Holm award. She was honored for these awards by the U.S. Congress in 2004. The awards are recorded at the Smithsonian Institute. She also received recognition from the Moffat County Fair Board as "Super Superintendent" and for 50 years of volunteer service. Jordan was president and instrumental in establishing the Hamilton Community Center. The center is used for many functions today.

Jordan enjoyed a full life of 89 years and will be remembered as an icon in Hamilton and Moffat County.

She is survived by her sister, Emma Smith; brothers Donald and Jack Frost; children Larry (Linda) Jordan of Dillon, Mont., Peggy Bailey of Craig, Mary Ryan of Hamilton and Donna Rae (Tim) McAnnany of Rockfield, Ky.; grandchildren Laurinda, Edwina, Bruce, Mike, Kathy and Eric; and great-grandchildren Ashlie, Teron, Trevor, Trinda, Liam, Jordan and Wyatt.

Services were held Jan. 3, 2006, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with Mervin Johnson officiating. The organist was Anne Carr and the soloist was Wanda Brown. Selections were "Beyond The Sunset," "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," and "The Lord's Prayer."

Pallbearers were Neil McCandless, Doug Wellman, Ted Wheeler Sr., Hank Rader, Bill Schneider, Chuck Rakestraw and Gary Brannan.

Honorary pallbearers were Pome Camilletti, Walt Proctor and "All Ethal's Family and Her Many Friends."

Interment was held at Craig Cemetery.

In memory of Ethal Jordan, donations may be made to the Hamilton Community Center, c/o Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.

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