Miss Peggy Jo Jordan passed away peacefully at her home in Galveston on Tuesday morning, June 1, 2010. Miss Jo, as she was fondly called by all whom knew and loved her, was born in Barry, Texas August 23, 1927.
Miss Jo graduated from Southwest High School in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She worked for the Glidden Company in Atlanta, Georgia for 40 years and then moved to Galveston and began her second career at age 66 with the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston. Miss Jo worked and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House for 16 years, retiring just three months ago. She worked circles around many who were often at least 50 years younger. She trained other volunteers and worked as a rotating house manager often taking the night shift to allow others to spend time with their family during the holiday seasons.
In addition to her volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston, Miss Jo was an active member of the Galveston Bible Church. She was respected and cherished by both her church family and her Ronald McDonald House family.
Miss Jo was preceded in death by her father, Douglas L. Jordan, her mother and step-father Opal W. and Allen Huckabee and her beloved brother, James W. Jordan. She is survived by her step-brother, Allen Huckabee, Jr. of Dallas and nieces Vicki Anastasia and Patti Jordan of Florida. She also leaves to cherish her memory, her extended family: Margie and Albert Chavarria, Kelly and John Charon, Barbara Hall, Rhonda Olguin and Pastor Thomas and Carla Clay.
In addition, Miss Jo wanted to express a special thank you to Anne Murray, Dr. Pat Lanier, Fredell Rosen, Jan Brick, Yolanda Johnson, Cruz Ojeda and the entire staff at the Ronald McDonald House for all the love and support shown to her during her illness.
A private graveside service was held. Pallbearers were Harold Augustus, John Charon, Albert Chavarria, Jr., Albert Chavarria, Sr., Thomas Hernandez, Donald Lewis and Cruz Ojeda. A celebration of Miss Jo’s life will be held Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 5 PM at Galveston Bible Church, 424 19th Street, Galveston, Texas.
Miss Jo knew no stranger and was the first to offer a helping hand to those in need. She was a shining example to many and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her and working with her. Donations to honor the memory of Miss Peggy Jo Jordan may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston, 301 14th Street, Galveston TX 77550, to the Galveston Bible Church 424 19th Street, Galveston, TX 77550 or to the charity of your choice.