Meridee Phillips Jordan, 70, of Leawood, KS passed away at home on August 13, 2018. Memorial services will be held 1 pm Friday, August 17 at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd in Prairie Village, KS.
Meridee was born June 28, 1948 in Garden City, KS to Warren (Boots) and Evelyn Greathouse Phillips. After time in Garden City, San Francisco, Arizona and Lawrence, KS, Meridees family moved to Kansas City where she attended Shawnee Mission East.
She went on to graduate from the University of Kansas with an education degree. While in college she pledged Gamma Phi Beta and met her future husband, Sam. The couple married in 1969 and immediately moved to Germany where Sam was stationed in the U.S. Army.
After three years in Europe, Meridee and Sam moved back to Kansas City. They went on to raise two children, Megan and Matt. In addition to making Halloween costumes, baking birthday cakes, attending her kids sporting events and just generally being the best mother ever, Meridee dedicated much time to volunteer work. She held several leadership roles, including a board position, at the Junior League of KCK. She also served on the board of the Ronald McDonald House where she was instrumental in opening the groups first Family Room located at Childrens Mercy Hospital.
Meridee worked for over 20 years at Village Presbyterian Church, most recently as the Director of Community Life. She also served as President of the Cloisters Homes Association.
Nothing brought Meridee more joy than spending time with her four grandchildren: Olivia Arnold, age 7; Riley Kate Arnold, age 4; Wren Jordan, age 2; and Whit Jordan, 7 months.
She is survived by her husband, Sam I. Jordan; daughter, Megan Arnold and husband Jacob; son, Matthew Jordan and wife Jenny; grandchildren Olivia Mae and Riley Kate Arnold, Warren Henry and Whitley Scott Jordan; sister, Natalie Hagan and husband Dave; nephew Tyler Hagan; aunt Beth Tedrow, cousin (like a brother) Rex Joyce and his wife Kathy, and many other cousins.
Meridee was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Gregg Phillips.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to further breast cancer research. Direct contributions to the KU Endowment, in memory of Meridee Jordan, 4125 Rainbow Blvd, Suite 300; Kansas City, KS 66103.
Memorial Service Village Presbyterian Church
Friday, August 17, 2018
6641 Mission RdPrairie Village, KS 66208