INDIANAPOLIS -- Susan Jordan worked at Amy Beverland Elementary for 22 years, and Friday, thousands of her friends, family members and former students came together to say goodbye.
It was an emotional day at the end of an emotional week for most of the Lawrence community.
Susan Jordan dedicated herself to her family, to her friends and to her job as an educator.
Friday, the parking lot of St. Luke's Methodist Church was packed with family, friends and the community who adored the late principal as much as she cared for them.
"She would be so proud, but yet at the same time she would probably be embarrassed or she wouldn't want all this attention," said her brother, Bob Kelley.
Kelley says even as a kid, she always lent a helping hand.
"She was a great little sister," he said.
And as an adult, she showed love.
"She may talk to her daughters three to four times within 15 minutes, but at the end of each call was, 'Honey I love you.'"
In her last act, she was seen pushing students out of the way of an oncoming bus, showing her true spirit one last time.
"One of the little girls that she pushed aside when the accident happened just came in a wheelchair and she brought flowers that she wanted to bring to Susan. Right there to the very end, with the children, protecting them and loving them," Kelley said.
2,500 people are expected to attend Jordan's funeral Saturday.
The funeral is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Methodist Church. We will also be streaming the service on the RTV6 app.