Jordan, Louise "Lee" (Kilgard) of Maple Grove, Minnesota joined her Heavenly Father on May 8th, 2020 passing away at 'The Willows of Arbor Lakes' with her husband and wonderful caregivers at her side. Lee was born on August 5th, 1943 in St Cloud, Minnesota, reaching the age of 76 years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Bertha (Glein) Kilgard, one brother, Donald Kilgard, her grandparents and one nephew, Steve Wilke. Also preceding her were five brothers-in-law, Del Jordan, Arnie Auel, Clarence Kuefler, Al Wilke, Lincoln Poupore, and two sisters-in-law, Elaine Jordan and Lois Auel. Lee is survived by her husband of 53 years, Lyle 'Dean' Jordan. Also survived by siblings Audrey Kuefler, Jeanne Poupore, Gary Kilgard (Lee Ann), Sherry Zawacki (Mark), 2 sisters-in-law, Darlene Larson (John), Devona Kilgard and 20 nieces and nephews. She so bravely fought that dreaded disease with grace and dignity, never losing her sweet kindness toward everyone and continuing with her "Thank You" to the very end. That wonderful smile that could light up a room stayed with her also. Lee graduated Foley High School and then from St. Cloud State University with honors in 1965. She taught first grade in the Robbinsdale School District for her entire career which spanned 34 years. She had moved to The Willows in May of 2018 which was only two miles from her home. After retirement in 1999, Louise and Dean (Lyle and Lee) did some traveling throughout the United States settling in the South West. For 14 years Lee spent the winters with her husband in Gold Canyon, Arizona where she enjoyed many friends, activities, and much hiking in the Superstition Mountains and the Arizona trails. During her retirement many of her former students stayed in touch with her and continued to show their admiration and love for her. In addition to being an excellent teacher, she was talented in many ways shown through her writing, decorating, crafts, and always her beautiful calligraphy. She loved to cook (her meals always had an artistic touch in display and presentation) and for many years she hosted a fabulous Christmas Eve dinner for her entire family and friends. No detail was ever compromised. The family would like to thank the loving caregiving staff of The Willows, they were fantastic! A celebration of life will be announced when our current situation allows.
Louise 'Lee' (Kilgard) Jordan
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