Joanne Ruth Jordan,
known to her many friends and loved ones as “Ruth”, died at home in the early
morning of January 20th, 2020. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July
18, 1938. Her parents were Phillip Jordan and Margaret (O’Reilly) Jordan.
was preceded in death by her parents and her older brother, Phillip Jordan Jr.
went to work as a summer flight attendant (stewardess in those days) for
Bonanza Airlines in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1957. She lied about her age to get
the job, which was to be a summer replacement only, and worried about that
white lie for years afterward. One thing led to another, and 50 (fifty!) and a
half years later, she retired from Delta Airlines, having worked through a
series of mergers, with Bonanza, Airwest, Hughes Airwest, Republic Airlines,
Northwest Airlines, and Delta. Some summer Job!
married a pilot, despite years of saying she would never do so and the marriage
lasted until her death—-forty years! And they said it wouldn’t last! The two of
them had some great times together, and lots and lots of laughs. There were no
children from their union, but they made numerous trips to India to carry
infants to their new adoptive parents in America.
is survived by her husband, Ron Weinert, her niece Michiko Jordan, her grand
nieces and nephew, Sachiko Jackson, Myuki Harmon, Fuji Harmon, and cousin
Maggie O’Reilly. she was also survived by her step children, Kirk Weinert
(Jamie), Heidi Stutzman (Byron), step grandchildren Morgan Kimball (Michael),
Adam Weinert, Eva Craner (Trent), and four step great-grandchildren.
was brilliant, with a memory that was almost photographic, even into her later
years. She succumbed to the ravages of cancer after a long and difficult
struggle. May she rest in eternal peace.
will be at Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Church at 6261 N. Granite Reef Road,
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85250 on March 1st, at 1:00 PM.
will be a memorial/reception after the funeral service at Scottsdale Ranch
Community Center, 10545 E.100th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85258.
ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to East Valley Hospice, a truly
exceptionally caring and compassionate organization.