Donna Rae “Nana” Jordan
Donna Jordan, age 72, of Tipton, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. She was born on July 19, 1947 to Norman Simms and Martha (Leavell) Simms.
Donna was a 1965 graduate of Windfall High School. She worked for the Dept. of Education, and for Tri-Central schools. A strong work ethic was important to Donna throughout her life. She always saw the value of community involvement. As a teen she was a member of Job’s Daughters. After Donna had children, she became involved in everything her kids showed interest in. 4-H played a big role in the Jordan family. Summer vacations did not exist, because the family was too busy showing animals at the fairs. Donna worked right along side her kids, often times doing the dirty work, to help her children accomplish whatever they had set their minds to.
Donna was an avid sports fan; she was also a great coach. Through the years she coached basketball and softball. She was the president of PTO in Windfall for a time, and she was the president of the Girls Softball League in Windfall for several years. Donna also had the privilege of coaching several individuals throughout her life. Her favorite sporting events to watch were those involving her grandchildren. Nana’s grandkids were the greatest loves of her life. She adored each of them, and took the time to always let them know Nana was proud of them.
Despite being ill for many years, Donna never wavered in her commitment to her family. In fact, with her welcoming spirit, if you visited her house even once, you were considered family. She had a rule about never leaving her kids without saying, “I Love You!” Even if she was just making a quick run to the store, she took the time to say those words before she left. Donna was nurturing, kind, and always offered a listening, non-judgmental ear to those who needed her. She will be so greatly missed!
Those left to carry on Nana’s legacy of love are her children, Rob (Laura) Jordan, Michele Jordan & Jimmy Tragesser; grandchildren, Jessica Jordan, Brittanie Jordan, Wyatt (Kelsey) McPhearson; great grandchild, Houston Lee McPhearson; brother, Dave (Sony) Simms; puppy, Elvis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Donna was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents, Norman Simms and Martha (Leavell) Simms; husband, Ray Jordan; sister, Dixie Simms; and grandson, Dylan “D” Jordan.
A funeral service celebrating Donna’s life will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 1:00pm at Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home, located at 314 N. Main St. in Tipton with Pastor William Salsbery officiating. Burial will follow at Windfall’s Brookside Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will take place prior to the service from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home in honor of Donna.
Please feel free to leave an online condolence or share a special memory of Donna with her family on her tribute wall.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Donna Rae (Simms) Jordan, please visit our floral store.