Former James Store resident Catherine Barter Buchanan-Jordan passed away on April 15, 2016 at Gloucester House in Gloucester at age of 73.
A woman whose bright future was cut short by several debilitating illnesses was born on April 18, 1942 in Newport News, Va. She was a graduate of Newport News High School Class of 1961, being a member of Phi Beta Kappa and National Honor Society. Initially employed at Hastings Enterprises, she also spent 11 years as a school bus driver for the city of Newport News. She accepted a position with Newport News Shipbuilding as a Clerk and was promoted to Production Controller II working in X54 and X74. She worked there for 11 years, until being placed on long-term disability in 1988. She remained on disability until she reached retirement age in 2007.
Not only working a regular job, she also taught English and Business Writing Skills at the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice night school, went to Thomas Nelson Community College for Mechanical Engineering, volunteered as a soprano with the Newport News Shipbuilding Centennial Choir and was a volunteer choir director for Mt. Zion and Bellamy United Methodist churches in Gloucester, and a volunteer children’s choir director for Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester.
She was preceded in death by her father, Donald R. Barter; stepfather, John M. Mixon, mother, Maude D. Mixon, and daughter, Catherine B. Donovan-Creech.
She is survived by her husband, David E. Jordan; her brother, John H. Mixon and wife Linda; stepson, Scott B. Jordan and wife Jennifer of Denham Springs, La.; grandchildren, Mary and Ryan Updike, Steven E. Donovan, Maude Donovan and her spouse Byron Tucker, and stepgranddaughter, Riley Jordan, and great-grandchildren, Elijah, Eva and Landon Updike and Marilyn Tucker.
The family wants to thank the staffs of University of Va. Medical Center, Riverside Regional Medical Center, Hampton Roads Specialty Hospital, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Sanders Heron Cove 1 and Gloucester House and the Riverside Hospice team for their outstanding care and compassion during her troubled times.
The family received friends at Salem United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, from 3-4 p.m., with funeral service starting at 4 o’clock.
Arrangements were handled by Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory, Gloucester.