In Memory of

Elena

Ann

Jordan

Obituary for Elena Ann Jordan

Elena Ann Jordan (née Elena DiFranco and formerly known as Ellie Ames) – was born April 4, 1929, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and died August 9, 2023, in Lincoln, Maine. The third daughter in an Italian-American family, Ellie (or Noni/Nonni as she was later known to her many progeny) grew up in Somerville, MA, surrounded by love and great cooking – the two main ingredients at the core of the family she later raised in Groton, MA. She treasured fond memories of growing up in a Tight-knit neighborhood under the watchful eye of her Papa, the proprietor of The Holland Cafe, a well-loved drinking establishment that somehow managed to keep the good Times rolling right through Prohibition.

She was exposed to art at a young age by her Italian uncles, sculptors Benedict and Andrew Cipollini, and artistic expression came to her as naturally as breath. She knitted, crocheted, painted lush watercolors (often of flowers she had grown), designed and sewed clothes, and enjoyed many other creative endeavors. She loved to gently coach artistic efforts in her family and friends as well, often saying, “Anyone can draw!” (although some of us decidedly cannot).

She married neighborhood sweetheart Arthur Jordan in 1953, and they had two sons and a daughter by 1958. Ellie thrived in the chaotic thrum of young voices, endless Italian home cooking, and extended family, all against the angsty backdrop of her beloved though chronically underachieving Red Sox. She was a true Italian mother to the core, refusing to accept that guests at her table could possibly be full and – to her final days – anxiously inquiring whether you had recently eaten.

Ellie was a quietly strong woman: when she suddenly became a single mother of three, she swiftly went back to work for the first time since her marriage. For many years she enjoyed managing, mentoring, and being a surrogate mom to the bookkeeping staff of Nashoba Community Hospital. Later, she indulged her love of art as a staff member at the Children’s Hands-On Art Museum, Littleton, MA. She also exercised her green thumb at Ames Farms, the greenhouse in front of her Littleton home.

In 2000 she joined her son Bob and his wife Evie in Chester, Maine. Ellie gardened and painted and crocheted through her remaining years in a little house next to theirs, as they lovingly cared for her needs.

Later in life, she took on the challenge of studying the Bible’s true message, getting baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2004 at the tender age of 75 and rapidly becoming a beloved fixture in the Lincoln, Maine congregation.

She loved her long line of cats, most of whom she named Henry; she loved growing things; she loved secrets and gossip and looking her best – “never leave the house without your lipstick,” she said.

A voracious reader, Ellie became fast friends with librarians, who would set aside gems they knew she would love. Because she rarely remembered the details, she would happily reread favorite series over and over again. She was also an inveterate storyteller with a flair for the dramatic. Never one to get bogged down in the particulars, her eyes would spark as she gestured widely and lent exaggerated voices to the tale.

Ellie was predeceased by her parents Arthur & Ada (Cipollini) DiFranco; siblings Ann (and Mario) Aloisi, Caroline (and Coradino) DiZio, Victor DiFranco; and husbands Arthur Jordan and John Ames.

Along with numerous nephews and nieces and their families, she is survived by her sister Marie
(and Frank) Mucci; children Robert (and Evelyn) Jordan, David (and Susan) Jordan, Cheryl (and
Stan) Bush; grandchildren Joseph (and Carrie), Benjamin (and Megan), Robin (and Samuel),
Isaac (and Shannon), April (and ScoF), Tyler (and Melissa), Spencer, Brina (and Rick), Natalie (and Tyler), James (and Corinthia), Arthur (and Erica), Stephen (and Breanna), and Edward; great-grandchildren Simon, Elena, Gabriel, Logan, Nico, Scarlett, Hazel, Penny, JoJo, Olivia, Giovanni, Anorah, Peter, Helena, Silas, Emilia, Felicity, Noah, and Teddy; stepchildren Joanne, Tom, and Elizabeth.

She was cherished by many, including dear granddaughters-in-law Kate and Megan Jordan, who made every effort to keep her feeling comfortable and loved during her last few months of life. Ellie was laid to rest in the South Chester, Maine, Cemetery on August 12, per her wishes. A memorial for her will be held October 29th at 2:30 pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Lincoln, Maine, followed by a gathering for family and friends at the Marianne
Municipal Building in Chester. Donations in her memory can be made to the Penobscot Valley Humane Society (from which she adopted several of her beloved cats) or the Lincoln Memorial Library she loved to frequent. Arrangements by Lamson Funeral Home, Lincoln. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.