Vandalia Family Keeps Giving
Margaret Waters Jordan died in 2004 at the age of 95. She had no surviving relatives, but she still made sure her family would continue to support her community.
"She was a giving, generous, loving lady that wanted to help as many people as she could," said Sheila Ennis, chairperson of the AMC Board of Directors.
Jordan directed the hospital donation to be divided between oncology and cardiology services.
"We're in the process of developing a comprehensive cardiology center here at the hospital," said David Nuendorf, AMC president and chief executive officer. "That will require some capital expenditures. We just built a new cancer center on campus."
Once work at the hospital is complete, the family name will be on yet another building. But that's not important.
The family name is also on Waters Funeral Home. The family has left money to Vandalia, the Van-Farr School District and the public library, as well as donating land for Vandalia's fairgrounds.
Jordan and her brother William took over their father's furniture store in the 1940s. Margaret Jordan's husband, Gerald, was also a community leader. His family started one of the area's biggest employers, the Harbison-Walker Brick Refractory.