COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — Dorothy Mae Jordan, 78, passed away surrounded by family Friday (Jan. 10, 2020) in College Station, Texas.
She was the daughter of Erwin F. and Celine I. “Irene” Cailteux, both of Belgian-French ancestry. Dorothy was born Aug. 31, 1941, at the family’s farmhouse in Iroquois County, near the small French town of L’Erable (“The Maples”), where Erwin farmed their mixed grain livestock farm, and Irene raised the children.
Dorothy was the youngest of five children and sister to Noreen, Harold, Myron and Carol. She attended school at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church until fifth grade, followed by public school in the Central Consolidated School District. She graduated as salutatorian of her class in 1959, and entered nursing school at Carle Hospital School of Nursing.
One of her favorite memories of childhood was climbing on top of a cement watering trough and then atop her father’s beloved Belgian draft horses. Some of Dorothy’s chores on the farm included gathering the chicken eggs and working in the large vegetable garden.
When Dorothy was 16, she met Wayne Jordan from nearby rival Herscher High School at a wedding dance in Ashkum. They dated for three years before marrying at St. Margaret Mary Church in Herscher, on Feb. 6, 1960. Dorothy and Wayne had six children, five sons and one daughter. She devoted her life to her family, and they lived in many places, including Fort Bragg, N.C., and Davis, Calif., before finding their way to the great state of Texas, where they lived in Bryan, Temple and finally College Station.
Her biggest challenge as a mother was having five boys. Every day was a different adventure, from bandaging scraped knees, running to the doctor for stitches, mending ripped jeans and answering calls from frazzled teachers and neighbors. She was also the family’s seamstress, creating customized embroidered western shirts for the boys and dresses for her daughter. She was a fabulous cook and could feed an army on a budget. When her youngest was old enough to drive, Dorothy began her career as an administrative assistant in Texas A&M’s chemical engineering department, where she worked for 15 years. She and Wayne retired in 2002, and began their travel adventures. She ziplined in Jamaica, drank glacier water in Alaska, became a leaf-peeper in New England, and visited her ancestral roots in Belgium.
Dorothy embraced volunteerism. She served as a teacher’s aide in a local elementary school and knitted baby afghans for underprivileged new mothers. She and Wayne also worked together at the Brazos Valley Food Bank and were case workers for The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Bryan. When she was not volunteering, she enjoyed visiting with her close friends daily in their walking group, reading books, knitting, antique shopping, watching movies, floating in the swimming pool, playing cards and dominoes, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and attending family reunions in Illinois and Kansas. Her grandchildren will always cherish the handmade afghans knitted in their college school colors.
Dorothy was loving and unselfish with her time and efforts. She was extremely proud of her family, and especially proud that her sons David and Steven served our country in the United States Marine Corps.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Erwin and Irene Cailteux; brother, Harold Cailteux; and nephews, Rodney and Richard Cailteux.
Dorothy is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Wayne Robert Jordan. She is also survived by five sons and one daughter, Douglas and Sara Jane, of Montgomery, Steven and Jennifer, of College Station, David and Jennifer, of Spring, Jeffrey and Brenda, of San Antonio, Brian and Julie, of Annapolis, Md., and Angela Chancellor, of Waco. She has 16 grandchildren, Samuel Jordan, Alida Jane DiGerolamo, Justin Jordan, Robert Jordan, Scout Hartlage, Aleksandr Jordan, Nora Jordan, Walter Jordan, Jonathan Jordan, Rachel Jordan, Lillian Jordan, Thea Jordan, Neil Jordan, Amanda Chancellor, Kimberly Chancellor and Nicholas Chancellor. She also has four great-grandchildren, Abbigail, Savannah, Madelyn and Christian; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy and Wayne were members of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church of College Station, Texas, for 35 years.
Memorials may be made to either The Society of St. Vincent de Paul or Brazos Valley Food Bank.
Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Hillier Funeral Home of College Station, Texas. Due to renovations at their church, a rosary, with Mass of christian burial following, will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Hillier Funeral Home of College Station. Reception will follow at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church’s Zurek Hall.
Honorary pallbearers will include Justin, Samuel, Robert, Jonathan, Aleksandr, Walter and Neil Jordan, and Nicholas Chancellor.
Please sign her online guestbook at hillierfuneralhome.com.