RENO, Nev. – Arlene C. Jordan, 87, died Feb. 26, 2013, at Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, Nev. She was born Arlene Ruth Cousins, March 8, 1925, in Portland, the daughter of Medbra Cousins and Gertrude (Beal) Cousins.
Arlene’s parents operated Triangle Tearoom and Triangle Diner at the intersection of Routes 1 and 3 in Ellsworth during the 1940s and 1950s. Arlene was a 1944 graduate of Ellsworth High School and a 1945 graduate of Western Union Telegraph Operators School, Washington, N.J. During her 27 years working for Western Union as an operator and manager Arlene worked in many offices up and down the East Coast from Presque Isle to Key West, Fla., including an assignment in the Pentagon and Senate office building, Washington, D.C., at the close of World War II. Arlene retired in 1983 as clerk of Bar Harbor District Court, where she was also appointed a justice of the peace and dedimus justice. She worked a short time for Maine Employment Security Commission, and as a substitute teacher in elementary schools in Hancock and Bar Harbor. Arlene was a volunteer at Mount Desert Island Hospital in the 1970s. She was a former member of Ellsworth Eastern Star and Ellsworth Rebeccas. An excellent ball-room dancer, Arlene enjoyed music and traveling, especially to her winter home in Palm Springs, Fla.
Arlene was predeceased by her husband, E. Robert Jordan, in 1989. They opened and ran the first Sears Roebuck store in the Ellsworth area in 1966. Arlene was also predeceased by her brother Medbra in 1990 and her brother Paul in 1987. Arlene is survived by her son, Peter H. Jordan, his wife, Elida, and a daughter, Alexandria, of Wadsworth, Nev.; her sister, Judy Cousins of Southwest Harbor; and many nieces and nephews.
Contributions in Arlene’s memory may be made to Mount Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, 215 Main St., Ellsworth. Interment will be afterward at Woodbine Cemetery. Expressions of condolence to the family may be sent to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home.