OBITUARY

Norine H. Jordan

May 20, 1929December 3, 2018
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Norine H. Jordan was born in Akeley, Pennsylvania on May 20, 1929, to parents Nathaniel and Hallie Holt. She died in Houston, Texas on Monday, December 3, 2018. She was 89.

Growing up on her parent’s farm in Pennsylvania, Norine was the youngest of six children. She began to play the piano at the age of three and was playing for church by 14. She went on to graduate from the Warren Conservatory of Music in 1948 and eventually The University of Houston where she earned the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance in 1985.

Despite a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, she never complained about her illness and remained an active member of her church and a steadfast friend to all those in her community.

She is survived by her three children, Elizabeth Jordan, Victor, and Eric Granquist; stepchildren Emily Oaks, Bill, John, Ed, and Andy Jordan; granddaughters Hallie Jordan, Linnea, and Laura Granquist, and 10 step-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her first husband of 26 years William T. Granquist and second of 22 years John “Spike” Jordan.

Visitation will be Friday, December 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road and funeral service Saturday, December 15 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 9022 Long Point Rd with reception to follow. Reverend Janice "Vicki" Sheil-Hopper, officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Norine’s name to the Houston Area Parkinson’s Society, 2700 SW Freeway Suite 296, Houston, TX 77098.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Elizabeth Jordan

March 20, 2019

Our family also thanks Dr. P. Martin Mauk, Dr. Mark Nichols, and Dr. Greg Pearson for the wonderful care they gave our mother.

Beth Granquist Jordan

December 30, 2018

Norine Jordan is survived by her three children, Elizabeth Jordan, Victor, and Eric Granquist; stepchildren Emily Oaks, Bill, John, Ed, and Andy Jordan; granddaughters Hallie Jordan, Linnea, and Laura Granquist; 10 step-grandchildren Kathy, Rob, William, Marian, Stephen, Sarah, David, Marshall, Ed, Jennifer; and 12 step-great-grandchildren Michael, Benjamin, Simon, Jordan, Aaron, Jack, Hagan, Nolan, Wesley, Jenna, Kaia, and Malcolm.
Norine's family would like to thank her doctors for such wonderful care all these years: Dr. Reeta Achari, Dr. Todd Price, Dr. Andrew Selzman, Dr. Anatoli Krasko, Dr. Alan Jarrett, Dr. Orlando Fonseca, Dr. Chester Barker III, Dr. Chester Barker II.
We are also truly grateful for such wonderful care provided by her caregivers: Mary Small, Taria King, Josephine Davis, Nancy Oduah, Hope Davis.

Beth Granquist Jordan

December 30, 2018

My mother, Norine Holt Granquist Jordan, had a warm heart and was caring and generous. She was genuinely interested in and concerned about other people. She had an indomitable, determined spirit which helped her to maintain her optimistic outlook despite years of illness and enormous disabilities. She was still playing the piano nearly until the day she died, and she was still baking with granddaughters and caregivers almost that long.
Norine was crowned the Dairy Queen of Warren County, Pa after winning a talent and beauty contest at age 16.
Norine had a great musical talent and perfect pitch, and her involvement with music led to friendships and joy all her life. She started piano lessons at age nine. At age fourteen, with her teacher's encouragement, she she entered a piano competition and won a full scholarship to study piano at the Warren Conservatory of Music with Dr. Leroy Campbell. She graduated from there at age 19 and played Grieg's Piano Concerto for her Senior Recital right before she married Bill Granquist in 1948. She continued piano lessons with Dr. Campbell for six more years before she and Bill moved to Pittsburgh in 1954 where she continued piano lessons and began pipe organ lessons. In 1985 she earned her Bachelors of Music in pipe organ performance at University of Houston. From an early age throughout her life she played the piano and organ for church services.
After Bill Granquist died, she married John W. (Spike) Jordan and became the matriarch of a large blended family. She kept everyone together and was able to make each family member feel loved and special.

Kathy Oaks

December 30, 2018

Norine has been my grandmother since I was eight years old, and my cousin Sarah and I were flower girls in their wedding. She was the best stand-in grandmother anyone could ask for.

She had the patience to play Hungry Hungry Hippos with multiple grandchildren all through the years, and Monopoly as we grew older. She even let us play beauty school and put make-up on her. And she let us play with her organ, making crazy noises with her loudspeakers until grandpa got fed up enough to unplug it.

There was always music at grandma Norine’s house. I’m not sure how they managed to fit two pianos and an organ into their living room, but it never seemed cramped. She played with such enjoyment and enthusiasm and she taught my sons how to play their first song.

Once when I was going to high school in Houston for a short time Norine and Spike picked me up in their beautiful turquoise Ford Model A. It was a great surprise, hearing the “ah-oogah” and looking over to see Norine waving at me! I climbed in and waved goodbye to all the kids who were wishing they had a ride that unique.

Their home was always open, and when I lived in Houston I knew I could drop by any time. I brought my college friends to dinner and my sewing projects to finish, and all it needed was a quick phone call to make sure they weren’t out ballroom dancing or visiting friends.

As I grew older I stopped telling grandma Norine so much about myself and started asking her more questions. I realized just how smart and confident she was. She often had very astute opinions on things, and many times they were contrary to popular opinion. It was clear she thought things over, made up her own mind, and then let other people do their own thing without judging them. That takes a lot of self-confidence!

She will be remembered with love and laughter and gratitude for gracing us with her presence.

Elizabeth Jordan

December 14, 2018

Andy Robertson

December 9, 2018

Norine came to Raton 30 years ago for my sister’s wedding. I remember her playing the piano at our house. She sat down and played “Get me to the Church on Time!”

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