WILMINGTON — Gaynelle “Gaye” Lutton Jordan, 89, slipped peacefully into the waiting arms of Jesus in the early morning hours of Friday, July 2, 2021, at Lower Cape Fear Life Care Hospice Center.
Gaye was born Aug. 19, 1931, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, to the late George L. and Elva D. (Copeman) Lutton. On Aug. 4, 1950, she married Harry E. Jordan of New Castle, Pennsylvania. Following 59 years of marriage, Harry passed away Jan. 5, 2010. After graduation from the Beaver Falls High School in 1948, Gaye attended Grove City College and Ohio Wesleyan College. She returned to the classroom as a non-traditional student after her children were older and graduated from Geneva College in 1968.
The family moved to Titusville, Pennsylvania, in 1969, at which time she soon accepted a position with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. After a long and successful career, she retired in 1991 as a casework supervisor. She was at her best when helping people in whatever way possible. Many times in later years, she was sought out and thanked by those to whom she provided assistance and support during their darkest times.
Following retirement, Gaye had much more time to travel year-round with Harry with their 5th wheel, play duplicate bridge, and delve deeper into tracing the family genealogy through visits to libraries, cemeteries and churches for research. Many summers they took their grandsons on their travels.
Both Gaye and Harry were volunteers with the American Red Cross Disaster Response Teams. They spent months assisting in Homestead, Florida, following the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. Other disasters causing devastation (floods, tsunamis, tropical storms, hurricanes) took them all over the USA, Puerto Rico and the South Pacific through the 1990s and early 2000s to assist.
In addition to her husband and parents, Gaye was preceded in death by her siblings, John G. Lutton and Edith Jane (Lutton) Parker; along with a dearly beloved uncle and aunt, John W. and Vera (Dick) Copeman.
Gaynelle is survived by her children, Robyn J. Sye of Titusville, Pennsylvania, John H. Jordan of Wilmington, with whom she resided, and J. Dean Jordan, and his wife Traci of Nichols, South Carolina; grandsons, James C. Sye (Rachael Johnson) of Wilmington, Gregory J. Sye (Tamara) of Meadville, Pennsylvania, Jacob H. Jordan (Ashlee) of Woodstock, Georgia, Christoper D. Jordan (Beau Brandi) Ottumwa, Iowa, and Tobias Jordan of Nichols, South Carolina; great-granddaughters, Rileigh, Harper, Channing, Rayne, Zoey and Vivien Sye and Chelsea Jordan; great-grandsons, Parker, Carter and Ishmael Jordan and Gavin Johnson; along with one nephew and numerous nieces.
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