TUSCOLA – Agnes T. Jordan, 89, of Tuscola passed away peacefully at 5:14 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2022, with family by her bedside, at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.
The Christian funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 9 at Forty Martyrs Catholic Church in Tuscola. Father Angel Sierra will officiate. Burial will be in Tuscola Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 8 at Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola. Visitation will begin at the funeral home after the Rosary until 7 p.m.
Agnes Therese Jordan was born on October 8, 1932 in Odell, daughter of Philip Eugene and Sarah Augusta (Langan) Bellot. The family moved to Tuscola when she was 3 years old. Agnes was the youngest of four sisters – Mary Lucille Manwaring, Ellen Augusta Rice Harrell and Rita Phyllis McKee. She married Edward Francis Jordan on May 9, 1953 at Forty Martyrs Catholic Church in Tuscola, with Father James Casey presiding. Edward died on August 1, 1988.
She is survived by three children, Philip Eugene Jordan (Susan Tarter Jordan, deceased) of Coralville, Iowa, Theresa Anne Jordan Carpenter (Elwick Carpenter) of Owingsville, Ky., and Mary Angela Dimit (John Dimit Jr.) of Urbana; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Anne Etchells, JD, (Ross Etchells) of West Des Moines, Iowa, Catherine Teresa McCarthy, MD/Ph.D., (Sean McCarthy) of St. Louis, John Edward Hill Dimit III of Urbana and Jordan Charles Dimit (Brianne Schrage Dimit) of Noblesville, Indiana; one stepson, Matthew Carpenter of Owingsville; two great-grandchildren, Jack and Robin McCarthy of St. Louis; two step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her firstborn son, Michael Francis Jordan; his parents; her husband; three sisters; and a daughter-in-law.
Agnes graduated from Tuscola High School in 1950. She was a drum majorette in elementary and high school, participated in drama productions, was a comedian, and played softball and basketball. She proudly attended St. John’s School of Nursing in Springfield for two years before getting married.
She worked in the civil service for Douglas County and as a secretary at the USI in Tuscola. She served as Rita’s office manager and secretary in Tuscola and Arthur’s tax department for decades. After her children were raised, Agnes graduated with honors from Parkland College as a licensed practical nurse and graduated from Illinois Eastern Community Colleges as a licensed vocational nurse. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society in Parkland.
She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Agnes has always put the needs of her family first. his family was his life. She was an integral and very special part of her grandsons’ lives since birth, helping to care for them and never missing their concerts, plays, sporting events and special life events.
One of her lifelong greatest loves was dancing with her husband, Ed. They loved dancing to the Gene Trimble Band and Boots Randolph. She was hugely fond of movies and collected movies, records, and T-shirts, especially those celebrating Fighting Illini. She loved watching figure skating and could tell you about any skater in any competition.
She was strong and resilient, surviving stroke, cancer, heart attack and triple bypass surgery throughout her life, learning to walk again four times after multiple prolonged health crises.
She had a heart of gold, always eager to help others. Everyone who knew Agnes loved her for the way she “told it like it was” and her sense of humor. He was a fun person who never met a stranger and was known as “Ag” throughout his years growing up and living in the Tuscola community. She treasured regular outings with her lifelong friends and classmates and always looked forward to her high school reunion.
Agnes was very fond of her pets over the years. She was a member of the Forty Martyrs Catholic Church in Tuscola.
Memoirs can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, his favorite charity; the American Cancer Society; or the American Heart Association.
Her family would like to thank everyone who has helped care for and support our mother over the years – friends, neighbors and medical professionals.