Tributes for

Ford-Jordan, Emily

Ford-Jordan, Emily, beloved wife of Kurt Jordan, proud mother of Amanda and Luc, treasured daughter of Russell and Theresa Ford, and dearest sister of Robin Gordon (Dave) was taken away from us all in a senseless act of violence on May 3rd, 2011. Emily was just 32 years old, born on June 28, 1978. She attended Warren High School in Downey and the University of California, Irvine. She loved to chat with everyone, wore a perpetual smile, laughed often, and never lost her positive attitude. She had a heart of gold, treasured her friends, and could make any event on any day into a celebration! She worked as a Special Education Instructional Assistant in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, bringing her boundless compassion and enthusiasm to that work. She also enjoyed her work and her friendships with her colleagues at Morton's Steakhouse. She had great fun following all sports, but she had a particularly intense passion for hockey, and for her preferred team: the Anaheim Ducks. While she met the love of her life at a hockey game, Kurt turned out to be an LA Kings fan, and they happily maintained a friendly rivalry from that time on! Emily also shared her family's fondness for baseball, and just days ago joined them in cheering the Dodgers on to victory against the Padres.
Emily was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Ralph Apel and Ted Ford; her grandmother, Mary Ford; and her aunt, Charlene Apel. Along with her precious immediate family, Emily is survived by her grandmother, Genevieve Apel, as well as a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who adored her and were blessed to share her life.
A funeral Mass for Emily and her adored father, Russ were held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2011 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Downey.