BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Earlier this month, the Daytona Beach community said goodbye to Marguerite C’Linda Laws Jordan. She died June 21 at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach at age 53.
She was called “Rita’’ by some and “Ree Ree’’ by many.
Her funeral service was held July 3 at Allen Chapel AME Church in Daytona Beach and she was laid to rest at Greenwood Cemetery.
“Marguerite was a very resilient, smart and gifted person. She faced life’s challenges with a smile and laughter,” said her brother, the Rev. Lorenzo Laws, who presided over her funeral service.
She was a nurse who spent time working at Halifax Hospital and Evergreen Sales and Marketing in Daytona.
“Marguerite had a nurturing mentality, which came from her passion as a career nurse,” her brother stated.
She enjoyed crocheting and word puzzles but had a heart for cooking. She also was known as the “Crab Cake Lady of Soul City’ for cooking her crab cakes, which the Garden Apartments residents in Daytona came to love.
“Her recipe for life was to smile,” added Rev. Laws.
Former Marine attended Daytona schools
She also served her country for three years in the United States Marine Corps.
Shortly after being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, she met and later married Anthony Jordan Sr.
The Daytona native is a Spruce Creek High graduate and was crowned the first Black “Miss Spruce Creek’’ in 1976.
In addition, she attended Turie T. Small and Longstreet elementary schools along with Seabreeze Junior High.
After high school, she earned a degree in nursing from Bethune-Cookman College in just three years.
She was among some of the first students to be pinned after the school started its nursing program.
While at Bethune-Cookman, she also was a cheerleader.
In addition, she earned an associates degree in Medical Coding from Sandersville Technical College in Georgia.
She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Daytona Beach.
Marguerite Laws Jordan is survived by two sons, Lorenzo Laws and Adrian Jordan, both of Daytona Beach; daughter Tiffany White of Sandersville, Ga.; and 12 grandchildren.