Bette K. Jordan, 98, died on Dec. 2, 2018 at her River Forest home. She grew up in Oak Park and later moved to River Forest where she raised her family. She had a long career in public relations, learning the trade while working at the Patricia Stevens modeling and talent agency in Chicago during the 1950s. She handled press relations and publicity for the Miss Chicago contest, which was part of the Miss America organization. A few years later, she became the head of public relations for the Oak Park Public Schools, a position she held for 17 years. She also had a second career as a real estate broker for F.C. Pilgrim Co. in Oak Park, where she was a member of the Million Dollar Club. An accomplished writer, she published several articles in the Chicago Tribune and was ahead of her time as a working mother. She was active in several charities and a longtime member of River Forest Presbyterian Church. She will be greatly missed by her family and those who knew her.
Bette Jordan was the wife of the late Forbes E. Jordan; the mother of Susan Jordan, Sally Jordan and Nancy Jordan; the grandmother of Sarah Rose Jordan and Nicholas Jordan Diefenbach; daughter of the late Oscar C. and Eva Kleinow (nee Conway); sister of the late Violet Rottschafer and the late Jack P. Kleinow; and the aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Services and interment was private, arrangements by Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home.
The family appreciates memorials to the Oak Park Animal Care League or The Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago.