When Grandma Became President of the Rebekahs

Today is the day of my grandmother Beatrice Mary Victoria Jordan’s birth in Quebec City. In wanting to mark the day I also realized it is also the 60th anniversary (one day late) of her becoming the International President of the Rebekahs at their Annual Session in Miami, Florida.

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Beatrice had worked hard in the organization serving in the past as president of the Quebec Assembly and later as the Treasurer and the Vice President of the International branch.

Her year as President had her traveling all over Canada, the States, to Denmark and Cuba. From the looks of things, it was a busy year.

 

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Arriving in Cuba

 

Here she is seated at an event given in her honour at the Sheraton Mount-Royal Hotel.

 

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Beatrice 6th from right with her husband Jack Dever by her side

 

A pretty impressive year and what a birthday present!

 

 

 

 

Social Butterfly – Fearless Female

March 17 — Social Butterfly?  What social organizations or groups did your mother or grandmother belong to?  Sewing circle, church group, fraternal society or lodge?  Describe her role in the group.Blog Prompt from Lisa Alzo.

The news clipping below is about my great grandmother Caroline Jordan, who was elected president of the Rebekah Assembly in Quebec, 1935.

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Carrie Jordan

52 Ancestors- #6 Caroline Louisa Norton

ImageMy paternal great grandmother Caroline Norton was born in Quebec City in 1878 to parents Richard Lee Norton and Hannah Pozer Jeffery . Caroline was leaves me with the feeling that she was a force to be reckoned with. Reviewing old documents indicates her faith, community spirit, independence and the love of her family.

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One example of her community spirit is found on this booklet about the Oddfellows’ organization erecting a monument at Mount Hermon Cemetery in Quebec City. Caroline is listed on the back of the program as being a board member of the committee.

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And of course she adored her family!

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Caroline holding Herb, with Sam, Allan and Beatrice, abt. 1913 in Montreal, Quebec

Caroline also served as President of her Chapter of the Rebekahs and in turn her daughter Beatrice became President of the International Assembly of Rebekah Assemblies.

Caroline married Peter Jordan and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary October 22, 1950.

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Caroline passed away in 1958 and she is buried beside her husband in Montreal Memorial Park.