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Rebecca Lynn Jordi

Rebecca Lynn Jordi

March 9, 1954 - July 31, 2020     Age: 66

Rebecca Lynn Jordi passed away July 31, 2020, at the age of 66, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was at home, surrounded by family. 

Becky was born March 1954, in Jacksonville, Florida. A daughter of Doyle and Sylvia Haddock, she graduated from Florida State University (BS), and Kutztown University (MS). 

A teacher at heart, she taught at Northwestern Junior High, Word of Life Christian School, First Coast Christian School, and Penn State University Berks College, until she found her calling as an Extension Agent for the University of Florida here in Nassau County. 

It was here Becky thrived, starting as the horticulture agent, achieving certification with the International Society of Arborists, and becoming the Nassau County Extension Director. 

Rebecca has initiated many projects including the demonstration gardens at the Governmental Complex and the Yulee office; the Landscape Matters; Crash Course on Gardening; Garden Talk column in the News Leader;  and many clinics on native plants, birds, rain barrels, herbs, and her beloved citrus.  The Master Gardener program has thrived under her leadership, with many of them tirelessly serving the community with science-based knowledge gained through IFAS/UF. 

She was often a feature speaker during the Home and Garden shows at Epcot, and did occasional TV appearances on WTLV 12 First Coast Living. 

Her many awards include the Florida Association of Natural Resources Professionals-Mid Career Leadership Award; Florida Association of County Agricultural Agent Search for Excellence Team Award, National Finalist; National Finalist in Landscape Horticulture; Computerized Graphic Presentation Silver Award; and Extension Professional Association Young Professional of the Year.

One of her greatest achievements is seeing her children’s book “Zoe’s Mission” published, which was illustrated by local artist and Master Gardener Joanne Roach.  She also included her grandchildren in the plot. 

Becky’s priorities were always her love of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and her family, especially her three sons, Ben, John, and Nathan, and the fine young men they have become. Her faith guided her through every major decision and event; if it didn’t line up with the Word of God, it just didn’t happen.  She was always kind, and thoughtful, putting others before herself. 

She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Sylvia Haddock, sister Carolyn Osburn, and brother Billy David.

Rebecca is survived by her husband of 43 years, Doug; father, Doyle Haddock; sons, Ben (Julie), John (Stephanie) and Nathan (Jessicca); sister, Marolyn (Randy) Bristowe; brother, Dan (Brenda) Haddock; and grandchildren, Eli, Silas, Noah, Rowen, and Sophia; and nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held for the immediate family; however, a Celebration of Life will be held this fall to coincide with the dedication of the new Extension building on Miner Road which will bear her name. 

In lieu of flowers, fans of Becky can support the local Extension Master Gardener program by purchasing “Zoe’s Mission” from the County Extension Office in Yulee, phone 904-530-6350. 

25 Condolences

  • Lynda Bell Posted July 31, 2020 3:44 pm

    God Bless and Keep Ms. Jordi. Deepest condolences to her family and friends. I am blessed to have crossed paths with Becky and will miss her. Her contributions to the community will live on through those she touched over her Extension Services career.

  • Keep Nassau Beautiful Board of Directors Posted July 31, 2020 3:48 pm

    The Keep Nassau Beautiful Board of Directors extend their deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. We appreciate the relationship we have with Nassau County Extension through Becky’s support of our programs,

  • Janice Ancrum Posted July 31, 2020 8:28 pm

    On behalf of the Nassau County Council on Aging, we send our deepest condolences to the family of Ms. Jordi. She touch lives of many seniors in ways unimaginable. Her classes were fun, informative and well done. She will be greatly missed.

  • Meg Mcalpine Posted July 31, 2020 10:39 pm

    On behalf of the Nassau County Extension service we send our condlences to Becky’s “marine” and loving family. Her inner strength, creativity and service to the county was inspirational and unmatched. She will be very much missed by all especially those who experienced her humour and gift of teaching.

  • Rosie davidson Posted August 1, 2020 8:09 am

    So very sad to hear this news. She fought a valiant fight against this horrible disease and will be sorely missed by so many people. She left such an impact on the community. Prayers for her family in this sad time.

  • BJ Jarvis, fellow Extension agent Posted August 1, 2020 9:30 am

    Becky gave her all to everything she believed in – youth, Extension, supporting her “team” – and did it with humor, passion and enthusiasm. Becky supported new agents with a energy and compassion. I find it hard to put my wonderful memories of Becky into words. Prayers and comfort to her family at her passing.

  • Pat Taylor Posted August 1, 2020 9:34 am

    We had the privilege of meeting Becky and learning so much from her just this past year. She was a wildflower, a wind blown force of nature who loved teaching and infected all she met with her knowledge and enthusiasm.. I am thankful to have shared early morning classes, coffee & conversation with her. A very good and courageous soul — my condolences to all who loved her.

  • Pat Taylor Posted August 1, 2020 9:35 am

    We had the privilege of meeting Becky and learning so much from her just months ago. She was a wildflower, a wind blown force of nature who loved teaching and infected all she met with her knowledge and enthusiasm.. I am thankful to have shared early morning classes, coffee & conversation with her. A very good and courageous soul — my condolences to all who loved her.

  • Christine Sasser Posted August 1, 2020 5:34 pm

    There is so much to say about Becky Jordi it’s almost too much to write in a short condolence. My prayers go out to Doug & her boys & their families. Becky was the most thoughtful, kind, understanding teacher. She had fun while inspiring her students to succeed. She & Doug sold me my first car and I proudly drove that white Toyota Corolla!! Her love of science was contagious and that desire to dissect, and later judge science projects With her as a colleague was very special times I got to spend with her. Her love of hymns & scripture songs still resonates in my heart as I sing them. Her infectious laugh & jolly spirit even when faced with the fight of her life. I am so glad I purchased her book & had her sign it. I will always love her forever!

  • Cindy Sanders, Extension Director Alachua County Posted August 2, 2020 9:05 pm

    Becky and I started Extension 19 years ago together and remained close friends. Teaching was her calling. She fought a tough battle. I can hear her telling us to not be sad but celebrate her life. Her enthusiastic and humorous personality was amazing even through tough times. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She will be missed, but never forgotten.

  • Janice Roton Posted August 3, 2020 6:56 am

    We are so sorry to hear about Becky’s passing. I know where she is as she loved the Lord. We’ll all see her again!

  • Sue Ann Alleger, Nassau County Planning Department Posted August 3, 2020 11:52 am

    It was such a pleasure to work with Becky, I will miss her expertise, insight and passion.

  • Trim All Lawn Service Posted August 4, 2020 12:04 pm

    Our Trim All Lawn Service family is so saddened by the loss of a dear friend, colleague and valued member of our community. Rebecca (Becky) Jordi’s kindness and wisdom will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers will be with her family and friends during this difficult time.

  • Sharon Treen, UF/IFAS Extension Posted August 4, 2020 4:39 pm

    Anyone that knew Becky was better for it. She was a knowledgeable, enthusiastic educator who made a huge impact on many people’s life’s. She will be greatly missed.

  • Susan Haddock Posted August 4, 2020 8:43 pm

    I met Becky on a UF Extension tour to Costa Rica over nine year ago, in my second year as an Agent. She was a mentor, a friend, a fighter and one of the most giving, intelligent women I have been blessed to know. You can rest now Becky. I’ll miss you.

  • Carrie Druhl Posted August 4, 2020 9:40 pm

    She will be so missed. I knew her from Word of Life Christian school, she was the best teacher.

  • Jane Morse, Extension colleague and friend Posted August 4, 2020 11:40 pm

    Becky was a very, very special woman. Her joy, enthusiasm, ready smile, cheer, strength, intelligence, compassion and love of life made her special to anyone that knew her. To her Extension colleagues she was a leader, mentor and friend. Such a special lady. I will miss her very much. The world has lost a most wonderful person. My sincere condolences to her family and friends

  • Caleb Hollis Posted August 4, 2020 11:46 pm

    Mrs. Jordi was an amazing teacher and an excellent mother. I spent many childhood days over at her house with her son Ben. (I’ll never forget the time we were loud one night and all of us boys got a whoop in’ from Doug.

    As the years have passed, I have fell out of touch with the Jordi family. But the impact she had on my life has never faded. She was a sweet lady and heaven definitely gained a special angel!

  • Linda Gibbons Posted August 5, 2020 5:15 pm

    As a newcomer to northeast Florida I took Becky’s crash course on gardening in this locale. As a teacher she conveyed a wealth of information in a friendly and humorous manner. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from her. Becky was an exceptional woman and our little corner of the world is a better and a more beautiful place for having had her In it.

  • Rebecca Ballowe Posted August 5, 2020 5:31 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Ms Becky’s passing. She shared her cancer Journey with me and I shared my mom’s with her. She was a light and a joy to be around even in the midst of a cancer battle. Praying for your family.
    PS I hate cancer!

  • Sarah Boyd Cummings Posted August 7, 2020 9:01 pm

    Becky was my high school teacher many years ago and made a tremendous impact on my life. She had a gentle but passionate way of teaching that helped me fall in love with teaching and now I’ve been teaching for almost 20 years. She taught me beautiful hymns that I treasure and now pass on to my music students. When I get up to lead my students in singing, I still picture the beautiful expression of worship on her face as she would close here eyes and sing to the Lord. I”m praying for your family to have the comfort of the Holy Spirit surround you.

  • Merita Hawk Posted August 13, 2020 10:16 am

    I knew Becky from Word of Life church. We both served on the visitation team. I was new to the church and we were teamed together for my first visit. I did not know her at all and was concerned about what we would have in common to talk about while in transit. She immediately put me at ease because we talked about what we both had in common, the love of Jesus. That’s what we talked about the entire trip. I will always remember that visit and her great love for fthe Lord, My condolences to Doug and the family.

  • Jeff Cook Posted August 13, 2020 10:18 pm

    Doug, my heart breaks for you buddy. Even though I only met Becky a couple of times, I know how much she meant to you. Remembering sharing the office with you on Philips Highway and missing those gummy bears. You’re a good man my friend.

  • Ann and Jim Kemp Posted August 14, 2020 4:34 pm

    We have had nothing but admiration and deep affection for Becky. Shortly after we moved here from Tallahassee in 2007, Jim took the Master Gardener course which was taught by Becky, and ever since then they stayed in contact, sharing information on various plants and gardening ideas. We loved her sense of humor, her amazing knowledge and her passionate interest in the natural world. She will be terribly missed and we extend our most sincere condolences to her family.

  • Darryl Palmer Posted August 20, 2020 8:33 am

    Here is a story Becky told me about an alligator named Reggie:
    “Sitting on the edge of the retention pond I was hand pulling weeds, very focused on the job at hand. Suddenly, I hear a strange hissing sound coming from my left side. I turn to see a 4-5 foot gator, standing on all four legs, hissing at me. He was about 3 feet from me and his surprise closeness to me made me profoundly uncomfortable. It took a few minutes for me to get up on my feet but once I did, I started directing Reggie to get back into the water. I believe my direct words were, “go on, back up, keep going.” I kept directing the gator to back into the water telling Reggie to back off. What was so surprising was how obedient the gator was until he was totally back into the water. The gator visits occasionally but never comes up on the shore when I am working on the pond.”

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