We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Ridgelawn Funeral Home
Irene Elizabeth Dorsey was born August 10, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama to Robert and Irene Harris.
Irene married Robert Jordan and had two sons. She followed her husband and older brother Sylvester, to Gary, Indiana after they were both employed at Inland Steel. Irene was whip smart, enrolled at IUN, math being her favorite subject. She was accepted into IUN's chemistry program. Irene stood 4' 11", and was a petite woman, but please, do not be deceived, she was a fighter from the word GO ! Her professor marked a problem wrong on a chemistry final, even though she had the right answer. He thought she would accept the grade and move on- WRONG. Irene had to go before a 3- person math board, their job was to see if they could work the problem the way she did and get the right answer-well they did, and she received credit for the problem. She was recruited by U.S. Steel and worked almost 30 years in the Chem Lab.
On one of her many recent visits to the hospital, Parnell and Pam were in her room with her, as she had been combative with the staff. Pam said, Duck, you can't be fighting with these people, they are taking care of you, she replied "I've been fighting all my life". Well, nothing else needed to be said, all we could do was laugh.
Irene loved her boys, grandbabies, and great-grandbabies and she loved her family. This family will never be the same, the loss of her is incomprehensible. We will continue with our lives, however, the sun will never shine as bright as it once did when she was among us.
Irene is survived by her sons, Parnell and Robbie (Lynette) Jordan; grandchildren, Nika, Robbie, Justin, Amazon, and Yahaira Jordan; great-grandchildren, Jayden, and Jordan; sister, Lillian Hicks; and a host of niece, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. with Funeral Services 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. from Ridgelawn Funeral Home 4201 West Ridge Road Gary, Indiana 46408. Burial at Ridgelawn Cemetery.