‘Incredible lady’ dies: Bobbie Jordan was chamber’s first fulltime paid employee

February 6, 2013

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“She was an incredible lady,” Joyce (Beckworth) Dorsey said of her longtime friend, Bobbie Jordan.

Jordan passed away Friday in Massachusetts where she had lived since October.

She was 79.

“I met her at the first meeting of the Business and Professional Women’s Club in Granbury,” Dorsey said. “We had an instant connection and became inseparable.

“She was the most gracious woman, in any scenario, at home or in business,” Dorsey said.

Many will remember Jordan as the first fulltime paid employee of the Granbury Chamber of Commerce.

“She ran the whole thing,” Dorsey noted. “Eventually she became the executive officer for the chamber.”

Jordan worked with the chamber from 1974 to 1989, and was active with other community leaders to develop tourism in Granbury.

Jordan spearheaded the restoration of the old jail. “That became her baby,” Dorsey recalled.

It’s been said that she had a wonderful way of bringing people together.

“She worked closely with the merchants on the square and was involved with the Texas Main Street project restoring the city. She also worked with a group establishing General Granbury’s birthday celebration and the Fourth of July celebration.

”She managed all the volunteers for Fourth of July.”

After leaving the chamber, Jordan worked four years as the general manager of Texas Amphitheatre in Glen Rose. She later was the executive director of the Chrysalis Foundation.

Bobbie was proud to be a sixth- generation Texan. She moved to Massachusetts from Texas last fall to be near a family member.

She leaves behind four children, William, Robert, Lou Anne and James Jordan; one grandchild, Shannon Thomas; and two great-grandchildren.

Dorsey fondly remembers her friend as a very creative person, a wonderful mother and the best cook.

Getting emotional, Dorsey said, “As a friend, she was unrivaled. She was there for every good time and bad time in my life.”

Family members report a memorial service in Granbury is planned for the spring.

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