Lemley Chapel
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All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Esther Jordan Memorial
Esther Jordan Memorial

Esther Jordan

Esther Jordan

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020


Esther Ione (Wardell) Jordan, 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at her home in Sedro-Woolley, WA, her long battle against numerous medical problems finally ended.

Esther was born September 11, 1928 to Evelyn Mae (Baker) Wardell and Jesse Howard Wardell in Everett, WA.  She was raised in Sedro-Woolley and Arlington. She attended schools in both cities, graduating from Arlington High School in 1946.

On May 8, 1948 she married Niles “Sonny” Jordan of Lyman, WA, after his discharge from the US Navy.  She then followed Niles’ professional baseball career throughout the United States and Caribbean Islands. When their daughter reached school age in the fall of ’54, the family settled in Arlington. After his baseball career ended, the family moved to Sedro-Woolley in the fall of 1962.

Esther worked as an usher in the Dream Theater in Sedro Woolley in her younger years. She was a bank teller in Everett before her marriage. Her next work was as a pharmacy assistant and retail clerk in Cady Drug in Arlington. She held the same positions at McClintock Drug in Sedro-Woolley from the early 1960s until the store closed. Esther then retired to devote her time to home and family which were the center of her life.

She is survived by her eldest sister, Edythe (Wardell) Taylor, 96 years old of, West Seattle; daughters and sons-in-law, Shauna Jordan and Jeff Oiness, Heidi (Timothy) Manion, all of Sedro-Woolley; she was a loving grandmother to Elizabeth Oiness, Steven, Troy, and Annie Manion; numerous nieces and nephews, and their families who have loved Auntie Esther with fond memories Christmas, July 4th, birthdays and other holidays spent at her home.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband “Sonny” in 2008; their newborn daughter, Heatha in 1950; her parents; brother, Jack Wardell; her sisters, Elayne Ricks and Ethelyne Hill; and grandson, Levi Manion have all gone on before her.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Edwin Stickle, and the other physicians, nurses, and aides of Hospice of the Northwest for their support and guidance that have eased her struggles in her last weeks at home.



  • Joey- Affectionately, Jojo from Cocomo

    My Dear Auntie Esther, Jesus loves you this I know, for the Bible tells us so, we are weak but He is Strong, His love for us is never ending. Rest In Peace my Dear Auntie, See you again on resurrection day, when the first sight we’ll see is the loving face of our Dear Creator and Savior, our Lord, our Dear Jesus!

  • Doris (Queen) Groves

    Shauna (and family), my sympathies in the passing of your beautiful mom. I still enjoy my memories of the Jordan family and your visits in Lyman. Love & prayers.

  • Dennis Sparrs

    So many memories. I always stopped to visit when I was in Skagit Valley from my home in Alaska. Aunt Esther would always talk about her mothers time in Palmer Alaska and how much she enjoyed her experience there.

  • Anna , Jesse Hill

    Rest in peace dear Aunt Esther! You are now in Jesus’s loving arms waiting for his second coming,.. until we meet again. Always loved spending the Christmas Holidays and 4th of July celebrations with You and the family. Loved your laugh and your loving care to all of us.
    Jesse and Anna

  • Jan Flint

    I have many fond memories of staying at your house, Heidi. Your mom always had cookies baking and she had the finest hospitality. We would run in to your house after tennis and grab a cookie. Esther was so patient with us. She would giggle and shake her head as we ran back out the door heading on an adventure. Maybe Hal’s for a cherry Pepsi and fries with tarter sauce? Or you decided to just drive me home so I didn’t have to wait for the bus. ☺️ No matter what, your mom was always kind and had the best humor. I learned a lot from your mom. Thank you, Esther. Peace to you all.

  • Sharon Relei

    I will always remember my first Christmas eve at Auntie Esther’s!! The house was FULL of people, I had never seen so many presents under a tree! There were so many that they spilled out in all directions and with each new family member, the number grew and grew until it nearly filled the living room. The smell of great food cooking, all the sisters singing in the kitchen, hearing stories and feeling the lifetime of love they had for one another and the extended family. Esthers passing is the end of something special and wonderful. I will miss her, I do miss her but I will hold all the years of memories in my heart. Rest in peace Auntie Esther 💗