Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mary E. Jordan

Belmont, NY - Mary E. Jordan, age 87, of Greenwich Street passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was born on February 2, 1929 in Findlay, Ohio to George H. and Lois Stanton Knapp. On June 25, 1950 in Belmont she married John C. Jordan who predeceased her on December 28, 1985.

Mary was a lifelong resident of Belmont who attended a one room school house near Feathers Creek Road and graduated from Belmont Central High School. She later attended a beautician school in Buffalo and worked from her home as a hairdresser. Mary was active in her community and had been the town historian, tax assessor, and until 2012 worked for the Allegany County Board of Elections. Mary was an avid outdoors woman who grew up on a farm. She loved riding horses and rode them well into her 70’s and had the opportunity to ride once again last year at the Garlic Festival in Cuba. She also enjoyed bird watching and tending her gardens. Mary’s memberships include the American Legion Auxiliary, Allegany County Bird Watchers Club, Republican Women’s Club, and the United Church of Belmont.

Survivors include her son Jeffery Jordan of Belmont; her daughter Marilyn Jordan of Johnson City; 3 grandsons, Jonathan (Jen) Paxhia, Anthony (Sarah) Paxhia and William Jordan; a great grandson, Jake; a brother, George “Max” Knapp; several nieces and nephews.

Mary was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her four sisters, Margarite, Dorothy, Myra and Jane; two brothers, Bill and Carl.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 1 to 3 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont and at which time her funeral service will take place. Reverend Richard Hurd will preside and burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Please consider donations in Mary’s name to either the Amity Rescue Squad or the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit

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