Louise Viola Clark was born on August 8, 1951 in Mt. Pleasant North Carolina to her parents, the Late Helen V. Trusty and Noah Clark. At the age of one, Louise and her family moved to Philadelphia, where she would later settle down with her family and build her legacy. Raised in West Philadelphia, Louise graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1969. Two years later, Louise would give birth to her daughter Rhona. A few years later, as a young working woman, while preparing hoagies at the “Explorers Den”, more commonly known as “The Pigeon Hole” at the time, alongside her favorite Aunt Sarah, she met the love of her life, Linford M. Jordan. Linford locked eyes with Louise for the first time in January of 1974 and the couple was wedded September that same year, in a small ceremony at his Mother’s home. The happily married couple gave birth to Linford M. Jordan II a few years later and continued their life together for 46 years.
To know Louise, is to know the kindest, most caring being imaginable. She loved giving to others. Helping anybody in need, proved to be her purpose in life. Louise’s unmatched compassion and empathy for others allowed her to dedicate her life as a Certified Nursing Assistant at St. Joseph’s Manor and retire after 35 years of loyal service.
On the weekends, you could find Louise shopping at her favorite flea market in Columbus or at the mall for clothes, jewelry, furniture, and more. But she would never come home without something for her loved ones. Should you ask for a hot meal, a place to lay your head, some words of encouragement or an entire 12-pack of paper towels, you know Louise is the only person who would never tell you no. Her house was a home not only to her family, but also to the children of the neighborhood. Every holiday, she took pride in decorating her home to create a fun environment for every child who stopped by to visit her creative outdoor displays. During the Halloween season, her home became the popular stop for her homemade candy apples. She spent years perfecting the recipe and would prepare 200 or more apples for the annual trick-or-treaters and their parents.
Louise dedicated her life to being the best wife, mother, grandmother, sister, niece, aunt, and friend to all those who were blessed to know her. Louise was the matriarch figure of her family, and highly respected within the neighborhood. She is a true definition of what an upstanding woman should be in every sense of her existence.
Louise will be forever loved and is survived by her Husband, Linford M. Jordan, Children, Rhona and Linford II. Two Sisters, Marie and Marlene. Two sister-in-laws, Cynthia and Ollie, three grandchildren, Dereke, Deondre, and Anor. Three Great-grandchildren Ameer, Olivia, and Owen. An uncle, George Norwood (Buck), Two Aunts, Loretta Stallworth and Mary Norwood, Niece, Sheena, Nephew, Gilbert (Trey), best friend, Rebecca Williams and a host of additional family members, friends and loved ones.
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