My Mother-in-law, Arline Mae Wesley Jordan. Heaven has gained an incredible angel.
Arline Mae Wesley Jordan, 85, Topeka, died Sunday, November 17, 2013, at Plaza West. She was born February 26, 1928, at Corning, the daughter of George William and Estella “Mae” (Follett) Clem.
She attended Greenwood Grade School and Corning Rural High School, graduating as co-valedictorian of her class. Arline moved to Topeka in May, 1946, and was employed by O. McCormick Rug Company from 1946 until 1950. Subsequently she worked for Myers Year Book and after that the Supply Depot where she was a keypunch operator. In January of 1955 she commenced working for the County for Roy Bulkley, County Attorney. In January of 1959, she transferred to the Probate Court and was Secretary to Judge E. Newton Vickers, who was Probate-Juvenile Judge. In 1963 Judge Vickers assumed the District Court Bench and Malcolm G. Copeland was elected Probate Judge and she remained his secretary until September of 1970 when she became the first female bailiff, going to work again for Judge E. Newton Vickers, Division 3 of the Third Judicial District. She remained in that capacity until May, 1990, when she retired.
Arline was a long-time member of the Goons Lunch Group. Arline was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Topeka Post # 400 of the American Legion and of Philip Billard Post # 1650, V.F.W.
Arline was married to Francis Wesley, who preceded her in death in 1966. They were preceded in death by a daughter, Sandy Wesley, in 1965. Arline was married to Paul V. Jordan, who preceded her in death in 2002.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law: Steven L. and Melissa Wesley of Crossville, Tennessee; a daughter and son-in-law: Paula and Harry “Hank” Greenwell of Louisville, Kentucky; a sister: Hilda Freel of Topeka; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.