Reverend Elizabeth Jordan

June 11, 1916 ~ November 6, 2020 (age 104)


Yesterday, one we knew and loved stepped across the threshold that we call death. It was only a step into another room and not a step out of the life of fellowship. Reverend Elizabeth Jordan was born to the parentage of the late Mattie and Frank Toney, on June 11, 1916 in Montgomery, Alabama. She was one of nine children born to the Toneys.  Her siblings: Pearl, Kate, Eva, Birty Lee, Ollie, Charlie, John Henry, and Harris, preceded her in death. Friday, November 6, 2020, God called, and Elizabeth answered. He took one of his precious jewels home to be with him. May she rest in His loving arms.

Reverend Jordan received her early education at Lincoln High School, Montgomery, Alabama. She was employed as a legal secretary with one of the local law firms in Chicago, and later was a nursing supervisor with Chicago Nursing Homes for many years until retirement in 1982. Her greatest gift was that of a minister. She enjoyed teaching and sharing the Word of Our Lord and Savior.

At age fourteen she accepted Christ and joined the Church of God in Alabama. She was always called, “Little Reverend”.

She met and married Samuel Jordan in Montgomery, Alabama. They later moved to California, and then to Chicago, Illinois. Her husband, Samuel, and her only child, Delloyd Allen, preceded her in death.

Upon moving to the Midwest, Reverend Jordan was ordained and pastored her own churches in Vincennes, Indiana, and Chicago. She always found time to serve God, minister to His people, help the sick and shut in. Reverend Jordan was a faithful member of the Order of Eastern Star Masonic Lodge in the Greater Chicago Area until health challenges limited her participation.

On March 15, 2020, Reverend Jordan moved to Albemarle, North Carolina with her God daughter, Rochelle Lilly. Through the pandemic, she continued to minister those individuals she met. She always said, “Keep looking up, because God answers prayers”.

She leaves to cherish her memory, a granddaughter, Delores Allen;  a grandson, Billy Hill; great granddaughters: Candy “Nikki” Allen and Octavia Allen; great grand-sons; a host of great great-grandchildren; a devoted God daughter, Rochelle Lilly, who has provided and cared for Reverend Jordan for the last seventeen years; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives; special friend, Brother Jim and his mother; God son, Keith Stanford.

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