---- — Alma Beatrice Jourdan, age 88, of Keenes, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at 9:51 a.m. in Centralia.
She was born the daughter of Willie and Rosa (Branson) Sharp on Dec. 22, 1924, in Keenes. She married Charlie Jourdan Feb. 18, 1942, in Salem, and he survives.
Alma is survived by three sons, Charles Jourdan, Jr. and wife Sandra of Kell, Irvin LaVerne Jourdan and wife Kayla of Marion and Bobby Jourdan and wife Norma of Iuka and three daughters, Rosetta Runyon and husband Bill of Kell, Geneva Richards and husband Lowell of Iuka and Leta Lucille Milner and husband Larry of Johnsonville. She is also survived by one brother, Norman Sharp of Alton and by one sister, Glenna Boozer of Centralia. Alma is also survived by 15 loving grandchildren; many, many great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Jourdan was preceded in death by brothers, Leonard Sharp, Lloyd Sharp, Cloyd Sharp and Jimmie Sharp; sisters, Opal Ellis, Rosa Mae Miller and Mildred Hickey; and by eight infant brothers and sisters.
Alma was a member of the Union Pentecostal Church of Iuka and worked for over 20 years at the Lear-Ziegler stove foundry in Centralia. Alma was devoted to her family and loved each child and grandchild in her own special way. She loved to cook special meals that were her children’s favorites.
Funeral services for Alma Beatrice Jourdan will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the L. R. Osborn & Son Funeral Home in Kell with the Rev. Craig Smith officiating.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.
Burial will follow at the New Home Lowery Cemetery in rural Bluford.