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May 27, 1931 ~ July 27, 2022. Norma Jean Schindel Jordan was born May 27, 1931 in Nampa, Idaho

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Norma Jean Schindel-JordanNorma Jean Schindel Jordan was born May 27, 1931 in Nampa, Idaho. She was the daughter of Wallace Schindel and Bessie Bain-Schindel and younger sister to Burke Schindel. Surrounded by her family, she peacefully went home to the Lord and to those who had passed before her on July 27, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Theodore Jordan, to whom she was married for 47 years; her son, Lennie Dean Jordan; and daughter, Lisa Marie Jordan. She missed them every day. She is survived by her children: (son) James Herman Jordan II of Madres, Oregon; (daughter) Rosalie and Jerry Copeland of Pendleton, Oregon; (daughter) Kathy Perron of Laurel, Montana; (son) Walter and Teri Jordan of Prineville, Oregon; (daughter-in-law) BJ Jordan Loyd of Deary, Idaho; and (son-in-law) Don Perron of Boise, Idaho; as well as 11 grandkids and 22 great-grandkids.

(From her journal found after her passing)

Who am I?

A question asked by one of my daughters. I was 35 at the time- "Mom, did you ever wonder who you are?"

Of course I know who I am! Norma Jean Schindel-Jordan, wife of James Theodore Jordan and the mother of 6 children. What else is there to know? - "No, Mom. I mean what makes you tick, so to speak."

Over the years of the busy life I had, the question would occur to me once in a while. As the pressures of every day responsibilities begin to ease - I begin to ponder the question more and more. I started thinking — what made me, the woman I am?

Was it my childhood, with a sweet gentle mother and an uncaring father?

Was it my diverse life - from city girl to ranch wife?

Was it the ceaseless needs of 6 growing children?

Was it my love of music and always wanting to play beautiful music on the piano? Also I wanted to sing, but couldn't carry a tune in a bucket but I can whistle.

I love the great outdoors, Mother Nature in all her glory and sometimes fury.

I love historical novels of kings and queens and castles.

I love to work in my yard and garden, to cook and can fruits and vegetables grown there.

It pleases me to see my friends and family enjoy the beautiful table I have spread.

I love people and the many facets in their personalities.

There is a deeper side to me that sees God in my children, and the newborn calves and lambs, birds, and butterflies.

Yet, I wonder — a hundred years from now, will anyone wonder who I was? This woman…

As your family and extended family, we can't answer that question but this we do know; you are our mother, grandmother, great-grand mother, teacher, mentor, friend, cheerleader, and role model. The beauty of nature reminds us of you and your love. Your life and legacy will live on in every ocean wave that crashes, the meals, laughter, and card games we share together.

You are the cornerstone of our family, and we will miss you every day.

A celebration of life will be held the Spring of 2023.

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