Tribute for Elizabeth Leigh (Jordan) Mewborne | Cumby Family Funeral Service
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Elizabeth Leigh (Jordan) Mewborne

September 1, 1936 ~ December 3, 2018 (age 82)

Elizabeth Leigh Jordan Mewborne joined the Lord above Monday, December 3, 2018. She is predeceased by her beloved parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward Jordan Sr., and a much cherished brother, Charles Edward Jordan Jr., (Charlie), and her most wonderful husband of 60 years, William Burke Mewborne Jr., (Bill). Elizabeth embodied the term steel magnolia, possessing a tenacity and faith-based courage beneath a beauty that was magnified by a gracious person within, southern with an often- used radiant smile. Grateful and thoughtful until the end, she left her three children a letter to be opened upon her death. In it she affirmed her very happy and blessed life, surrounded by the unabating love of her friends and family, and giving thanks to God. In doing so, she provided her children the grace of comfort and peace at her passing. Elizabeth was the product of a loving, warm childhood, with a close upbringing with her many first cousins of the extended Henry Harrison Jordan family. She attended Durham High School, where she was homecoming queen, and secretary of the North Carolina Student Council. It was while serving in this last role, that she met her future husband Bill. She matriculated to Duke where she was president of her Senior Class, a member of White Duchy, Who’s Who of Duke Seniors and a member of the May Queen Court. She continued to aid Duke in fundraising straight through her 50th class reunion which she co-chaired with her husband. Elizabeth further advanced the Jordan family’s strong dedication to public service most notably by co-founding the Junior Great Books reading program in the High Point Public School system. She was on the board of the Queens University Library and President of the Carteret Arts Forum. Elizabeth enjoyed tennis, reading, adding to her tremendous doll collection, marketing for River Landing and being a part of the River Landing band. No doubt she brings her joie de vivre to everlasting life where she will always request the leftovers of the bountiful angel food cake to be wrapped in takeaway foil and she will forever have her lipstick on! Elizabeth is survived by her three children and their spouses: William Burke Mewborne III, (Burke), and his wife Alison Horton Mewborne, Elizabeth Mewborne Townsend and her husband W. L. Douglas Townsend, Jr. (Doug), Virginia Mewborne Spykerman and her husband Mark Wesley Spykerman, and a most cherished and loved sister-and-brother-in-law, Carlotta Mewborne Clement (Clem) and Donald Hayes Clement (Hayes), and eight grandchildren to whom she was lovingly known as “Sis”. A celebration of Elizabeth’s life will be held at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:00 am. A visitation will follow in the Asbury Room. With the most sincere and deepest gratitude, the family would like to thank Hospice of the Piedmont, and the amazing staff at River Landing, for caring for our mother as if she were family, and ask , in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the River Landing Employee Appreciation Fund, 1575 John Knox Drive, Colfax, NC 27235 or Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC, 27262 or Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point, NC 27262.

Donations may be made to:

River Landing Employee Appreciation Fund
1575 John Knox Drive, Colfax NC 27235

Hospice of the Piedmont
1801 Westchester Drive, High Point NC 27262
Tel: 1-336-889-8446

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
1225 Chestnut Dr., High Point NC 27262
Tel: 1-336-884-2204

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