Jana Lyn (Salmans) Jordan, 64, Hays, died Friday, Dec.13, 2019, at her home.
She was born June 22, 1955, in Dodge City to Otha Truman Salmans and Sylvia May (Clifton) Salmans. She grew up in Hanston and was a 1973 graduate of Hanston High School, attended Colby Community College and earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication from Fort Hays State University in 1977.
She married Brad Jordan. Her professional career focused on working with people of all ages and backgrounds. She began her career in tourism as the International Group Tour Guide for Hays Travel for several years and then served 26 years as the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau Director, retiring in 2014.
She enjoyed riding horses and was always singing. During her adult life, she enjoyed traveling, entertaining, and giving back to her community. She was instrumental in many local, regional, and statewide tourism initiatives that encouraged visitors to see the wonders of our area. Her community involvement included the FHSU Encore Series selection committee, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County, Toys for Tots, and many other community organizations.
She didn’t know a stranger and spent her life sharing her enthusiasm with anyone who met her. She served as a mentor to many marketing and tourism professionals across the state and was a friend to anyone she met. She was so proud of her son, Zach.
Survivors include a son, Zachary, Westminster, Colo.; two brothers, Larry Salmans and wife, Marilyn, and Walt Salmans and wife, Gwen, all of Hanston; and a sister, Sylvia Ann Barron and husband, BJ, Fort Myers, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Elaine Keeten; and a brother, Lee Salmans.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Celebration Community Church, Hays; private inurnment will be Dec. 19th in Fairmount Cemetery, Jetmore.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday with a lunch for all family and friends will follow all at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Humane Society of the High Plains or FHSU Foundation, to establish a Tourism and Hospitality Management scholarship, in care of Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.
Condolences can be sent at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com.