Wanda Lynn Mesker-Boone Jordan 75th Birthday
Wanda Lynn Mesker-Boone
Jordan 75th Birthday
Corsicana Daily Sun - August 11, 2011
Wanda Lynn Mesker-Boone Jordan was
born in Emmett, Texas Aug. 13, 1936 to Ossie Ellis and Leta Marie (McKeefer)
Mesker. She was the first of 12 children. The family moved to Navarro
where her parents both went to work when she was 2 years old. Wanda went
to stay with a very kind couple, named Ratcliff and Minnie Marie (Jergins)
Boone. They had no children of their own, and became very attached to
Wanda, and she to them. She always cried to stay when it was time to
leave, so eventually she just lived with them. This was when she became
a member of her second family.
Wanda started to school in Navarro, and when the family moved to
Pickett, she attended second through fifth grades there. She then took
the bus to Corsicana where she completed sixth and seventh grades at
William B. Travis School. Eighth and ninth grades were done at Corsicana
Junior High, then Wanda attended Corsicana High school, graduating in
1954. Her class ring cost $15, so she worked at M’Evans Jewelry
Store three Saturdays to pay for it.
She started working at Texas Telephone, and enrolled at Navarro College
to take business courses. She received several awards for her shorthand.
After she finished college, she went out to Blooming Grove to stay the
weekend with a friend, Mary Easterling, and her family. That is where
she met up with Airman 1st Class Charles Ronald (Ronny) Jordan. They
dated a while, then Dec. 29, 1955, went to Rockwall with friends Dewayan
Easterling and Joyce Gatheright to get married.
The Jordans had three children: Michael Elmo Jordan, who is married to
Twylah, and have Kortnee and Keith; Peggy Elaine Jordan, who has
Jennifer and Kyle Wilburn and Ryan Lee, Matthew and Kristen Vaughan and
Jordan Marie, Emily Nicole and Allison Brooke; and Dale Jordan, married
to LaDona, and their children Justin, Jayson and Natalie.
Wanda is a terrific craft woman, and makes the most beautiful hand-made
quilts. She has won many ribbons, even Tri-County ribbons at different
fairs. She created her own quilt which was featured in America’s
Favorite Quilting Magazine. Another afghan pattern she made garnered a
magazine cover, as well.
An avid bowler, Wanda went to many state tournaments and won many
trophies, even bowled over 200 several times.
She lost Ronny to cancer, which she has battled twice herself. She is a
fighter. Wanda now makes her home in Blooming Grove, and is a member of
Frost Baptist Church. She has many good friends, including special
friend Jackie McDaniels, who has been so good to Wanda, as well as the
The family has planned a special surprise for Wanda on the occasion of
her 75th birthday. The children and grandchildren thank Wanda for being
such a beautiful, wonderful, loving Mother and Granny, and they love her
dearly. “For she is more profitable than silver and yields better
returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire
can compare with her.” Proverbs 3:14-15