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Melba D. (Baird) Jordan

May 6, 1932 ~ November 14, 2021 (age 89)

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Melba D. Jordan, 89 of Davenport, Iowa, formerly of Alpha, IL died Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Crest Health Center, Ridgecrest Village in Davenport, Iowa. Services are 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the Alpha United Methodist Church. Burial is in the National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, Rock Island. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Alpha where memorials may be left to the Alpha United Methodist Church, Oxford American Legion Post #1197 or Ridgecrest Foundation. Online condolences can be made at

She was born May 6, 1932 in Pike County, Illinois to Ernest and Delite Stauffer Baird. She attended Barry, Illinois schools, graduated from Orion High School and attended Western Illinois University.  Melba was united in marriage to Basil Jordan May 17, 1953 in Alpha, IL.  He died August 5, 2018.

Melba was employed at the Rock Island Arsenal for 25 years and retired in 1991. 

She was a member of the Alpha United Methodist Church and the Oxford American Legion Auxiliary Post 1197.

Melba enjoyed playing euchre, camping and traveling. She loved wintering in Texas and social gatherings with her friends and family.

Survivors include two daughters, Vicki (Jim) Geiger of Donna, TX; Randi (Pat) Creedon of Colorado Springs, CO; two sons, Craig (Kathy Frugé) Jordan of Boerne, TX; Kurt (Cathy) Jordan of Alpha, IL; 7 grandchildren: Lindsey (Brooks) Friederich, Chelsey (Tim) Taggart, Rachel Jordan, Rebekah (Rachel) Jordan, John Jordan, Seth and Trace Thompson; three great grandchildren, Aidan Jordan and Hannah and Jordan Friederich; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband and four siblings.

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 Service Program


November 17, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home Alpha
111 S. 1st Street
Alpha, IL 61413

Funeral Service
November 18, 2021

10:00 AM
Alpha United Methodist Church
211 N. Scandia Street
Alpha, IL 61413

November 18, 2021

National Cemetery
Arsenal Island
Rock Island, IL 61201


Alpha United Methodist Church
211 N. Scandia Street
Alpha, IL 61413


Alpha United Methodist Church
211 N. Scandia Street, Alpha IL 61413

Oxford American Legion Post 1197
213 W. A. Street, Alpha IL 61413-9781

Ridgecrest Foundation
4130 Northwest Blvd., Davenport IA 52806

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