Ann McNamara Jordan

May 28, 1939December 17, 2014

Ann McNamara Jordan May 28, 1939 – December 17, 2014

One of the world’s kindest, most generous, and most beloved people left this earth for her place in heaven on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 after a series of illnesses. Nola Ann McNamara Jordan was born on May 28, 1939 in Austin, Texas to William Farren “Mac” McNamara and Elizabeth Hoover Ferguson. She often fondly recalled her happy childhood in Austin, surrounded by family, close friends, and lots of cousins. Ann graduated from McCallum High School and then from the University of Texas, where she was a Kappa Alpha Theta, a member of Orange Jackets, and a nominee for Sweetheart of the Texas Cowboys.

On December 15, 1962, she began her 52-year marriage to Darrell E. Jordan of McAllen, Texas, whom she met on a blind date at the University of Texas. Ann and Darrell moved to Dallas while Darrell finished law school and Ann worked for the Dallas Public Library. They had three children, Stacy, Patrick, and Kendall, and seven grandchildren plus one bonus grandchild. Ann’s children and grandchildren were the lights of her life and she let them know it on a daily basis.

Formally, Ann was active in the Dallas Junior League, Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae, Dallas Woman’s Club, Dallas Country Club, Athena Foundation, and Altar Guild at the Church of the Incarnation. Informally, she belonged to and loved a multitude of other “groups” including McCallum High friends, her longstanding Onze group, the Sisters of Estrogen, her neighborhood wine club, mother-daughter book club, and former Versailles neighbors.

Ann loved Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner films, war movies, rock and roll music, dancing to The Eagles in the kitchen, and gathering around the breakfast table for a good laugh. She also loved her many trips to New Mexico with friends and her annual summer vacations in Gulf Shores, Alabama at the family beach house, a twenty-year Jordan tradition. She was a card shark and an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her sister Margaret McNamara Lengel, and her stepfather, Ralph Leser. She is survived by her husband, Darrell E. Jordan; daughter Stacy Jordan Rodriguez and son-in-law Rudy Rodriguez, Jr.; son Patrick Jordan and daughter-in-law Pam Caspari Jordan; daughter Kendall Jordan Pillsbury and son-in-law Rock Pillsbury; and stepbrothers Geno Leser and Rick Leser and their spouses. She is also survived by grandchildren Grace and Jimmy Rodriguez; Mac and Claire Jordan; Jordan, Luke, and Jake Pillsbury; and bonus grandchild Samantha Pillsbury. She is survived by a host of beloved nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, and many friends who she considered her family.

Ann will be most remembered for her warmth, her gentle spirit, and her kind heart. She had more “best friends” than most people have acquaintances and had a unique ability to make everyone feel special. Despite living with pain for many years, she never complained and was unfailingly cheerful and joyful. Her family offers special thanks to her longtime physician, Dr. Stuart Owen, who took great care of her for years. In addition, her family wishes to thank the incredible and caring staff at Baylor University Medical Center.

A celebration of Ann’s life will take place on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Texas. In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorials be made in her name to the Church of the Incarnation.


Ann McNamara Jordan

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al and sand ellis

January 5, 2015

Sandy and I send our prayers and meditations to Darrell and the entire Jordan clan. It's sad that we sometimes learn so much we didn't know about a friend at the memorial and not before. Learning her dad died when she was 16 hit Sandy as her dad died when she was also 16. Learning of her fondness of Neil Diamond made me smile as I've been to all his concerts in Dallas and he is second only to Elvis in my book. Ann will be missed for all the reasons the "favorite" children talked about. Rest in peace my friend.

Sally, Gig, and the Reeves family

December 31, 2014

Our wonderful memories, our thoughts, and our prayers are with your family.

Kelly and Scott Bradley

December 30, 2014

Heart of gold. Kind and caring. Smart and funny. So enjoyable to be with.
Ann Jordan will be missed by so many!
We will be there today at 3 to show our support for Darrell and the family.

December 29, 2014

Jordan Family: Maury & I will be out of town for the funeral, but I want you all to know our sadness for your loss. Ann was a warm gentle spirit with a sense of humor that put everyone at ease. She was such an encouragement to me years ago when I had knee replacement. Ann's life was an inspiration to all who knew her. Diane Purnell

Mike Boydston

December 29, 2014

Stacy and family — We're so sorry for your loss. The tributes to Ann are very touching — what a fine life she led.

Dale Johnson

December 28, 2014

Please accept my condolences. Through the years Judy (Judy Franklin Jordan) always referred to Ann -- her sister in law-- with only the nicest and sweetest of words.

Phyllis Joseph

December 27, 2014


I am so saddened to learn of your loss. You and Ann were the highlights of our time together at ABA meetings. I will always remember the friendships, the singing, the excessive food. I thought it would last forever. I'm certain you did too. Please know that the memories do last and they brighten the hard times. Love, Phyllis

December 26, 2014

What a shock-I had heard Ann was doing well and had a great attitude. My years at Texas were made more enjoyable by having Ann as a trusted and loyal friend. We have all lost a special lady, but will always remember our FUN experiences.
I am sure her great genes have been passed on to her children. what a gift for them. Love to Darrell and family. Janie Lee Breed

December 24, 2014

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Darrell Sargent

December 22, 2014

Jordan Family, Tammy and I are keeping your entire family in our prayers. She is free from the pain of life here on earth that she valiantly overcame and has united with loved ones in Heaven where we all be gathered some day. We will miss her until that time comes.

James1 1:2-4