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Friends: Slain Bellevue grandmother held family together

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Friends of a grandmother who was stabbed to death in Bellevue Sunday morning are remembering her for her smile and fun-loving nature, but also as a caring woman who made a lot of sacrifices for the two young grandchildren she raised.

MaryLea Jordan, 71, had legally adopted her daughter's son and daughter. Their mother, Michelle Pinkowski, was in and out of their lives.

"She led such a life of service. She rescued her grandchildren out of foster care and adopted them at her age, as a senior citizen," said Lorelei Sullivan, a friend of Jordan's.

"She was just wonderful to them," said Suzanne Adams. "She was the glue that held that family together."

Jordan joined the Red Hat Society as her social outlet. Her fellow Red Hat friends said she always smiled, no matter what her burdens were. They said she changed jobs so that she could be available whenever the children needed her.

The group of friends have set up a college scholarship fund for the 9-year-old granddaughter who escaped from the attack that killed her mother, brother and grandmother. Contributions can be made at First Tennessee Bank in Inglewood.

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