Nota M. McCall

November 10, 1926 ‒ October 04, 2014

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Nota M. McCall, age 87, of Mount Vernon passed away on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Laurels of Mount Vernon with her family by her side. She was born November 10, 1926 to Marvin and Opal Whitaker in Sparks, Oklahoma. She was a graduate of Choctaw High School and attended Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University) in Oklahoma. She finished her degree, with honors, years later as a member of the first baccalaureate class of Mount Vernon Nazarene College, and subsequently earned a Master of Arts degree in Student Personnel Work from The Ohio State University. The McCall’s moved to Mount Vernon in connection with the opening of Mount Vernon Nazarene College. With previous assignments in federal civil service, the Austin, Texas Public Schools, and the Office of the Dean of Women at the University of Texas, Nota became a member of the pioneer staff of MVNC when it opened in 1968. She served for twenty six years in the office of the Dean of Students in various capacities—secretary, head resident counselor, Assistant to the Dean of Students and Acting Dean of Students. Several generations of freshmen women knew and loved her as the head resident counselor of Pioneer Hall. Nota was also faithful participant in several Nazarene congregations of which she was a part over the years. She was a charter member of the Lakeholm Church in Mount Vernon, where she served several terms as missionary president. Next to her love for Christ, her Lord and Savior, she loved her family. She enjoyed cooking, especially Southern Style cooking, for home, Sunday School class, and church occasions. She accumulated through time an imposing library of cook books of almost every kind. Throughout her life, she displayed unique gifts of reaching out to people. It was a part of her Christian commitment to help everyone in every way that she could. She was a worthy representative of the early motto of MVNU, “To seek to learn is to seek to serve.” Nota is survived by her husband of sixty-seven years, Dr. Charles McCall, Professor Emeritus, MVNU; her son Mark (Nancy) of Stephentown, New York; her daughter Kaye (Dan) Ranke of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; her brother, James Whitaker, of Choctaw, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins in Oklahoma and elsewhere. In addition to her parents, Nota was preceded in death by her brother, Perman Whitaker and her sister, Jean Overland. Friends may call on Wednesday from 6-8 PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home and on Thursday from 10-11AM at the Lakeholm Church of The Nazarene. The funeral service will be held at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene on Thursday beginning at 11 AM with Pastor Scott Sharpes officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 800 Martinsburg Rd., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050, for the Nota McCall Student Fund. Gifts will be used to support student services at the University where Nota spent many years working with resident directors and students. To send the family a condolence online visit: The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Nota Maxine McCall.

  • Charles and family; We were so sadden to hear of Nota’s passing. Ruth Ann and I have always been
    so impressed with the closeness you two showed towards each other as a husband and wife. You both have been true Godly roll models to us and everyone at the Lakeholm church. Our thoughts and more importantly, our
    prayers are extended to you and you family at this time.
    Allen myers

    • I am so sorry to read about the loss of Nota. I thought the world of her and Dr. McCall. I graduated from MVNC in 1971 and had classes with Nota. She is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I had Dr. McCall for a professor. He was great and my heart goes out to him and the whole family.

  • Kaye,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know that there are no words or deeds cover the hole left in your heart. A dear friend told me earlier this year “You will never stop missing her but the hurt will fade”. It’s not much help right now but hold onto that thought. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  • So saddened with the news…she was a dear friend to me during those “Pioneer years” at MVNC…we have kept in touch all these years at Christmas time with cards. I have so many wonderful memories…My thoughts and prayers with my Professor McCall….Mark..and Kate..

  • Dr. McCall and Family,

    Nota was an inspiration to me personally. When I first became a resident director at Oakwood Hall, Nota was one of the first to welcome me into that area of work at MVNC. I was young and inexperienced, so her guidance in working with college students as a resident director was valuable to me. I have always admired Nota and believe she is one of the best Christian people to ever work here. Her spirit was genuine and polite. When I thank God for all His benefits, I think of Nota as one of those blessings in my life.

    In Memory,
    Mel Severns

  • Dr. McCall and Kaye,
    My love, thoughts and prayers are there with both of you and your family. I know the sadness is there from your loss, but your hope and joy are in Heaven where Nota rejoices in the arms of Jesus.
    Heaven is a much sweeter place for me today. Nota was just like a momma to me. I’ll always cherish her love and guidance for me over the years…even long after my college days were over.
    What a blessing Nota was in my life.
    In His Love,

  • Dear Dr. McCall,
    We are sorry to hear of your loss. We know you find comfort in the knowledge that you will see Nota again and that she has found peace and rest. Our love and prayers are with you.

  • Mrs. McCall was there for me at a critical time during my sophomore year (1970-71) at MVNC.
    My father was in a terrible automobile accident one night while I was at skiing class.
    When we got back on the bus Mrs. McCal lmet me, shared a little about what had happened, directed me to the phone to call my mother for further details, and then sat and consoled and prayed with me at a time when I felt a million miles from home.
    I will never forget her compassion for me that evening and during the next weeks while my father healed in traction at Uniontown, PA, hospital.
    My prayers go out for her loved ones.

  • It seems there have been too many of these lately. She passed on what would have been my mother’s 89th birthday. Saturday was my mother’s 1st birthday in Heaven. I hope you will find peace and comfort in knowing that she is waiting for you.
    I was in the dorm Sept 1973 forward.

  • Dr. McCall-

    We are saddened to hear of Mrs. McCall’s death. Thank God for her faithful, consistent life of service to God and MVNU. She and you have set down a great legacy of love for God and one another that has influenced lives for God and Good all over the world.

    You, Mark, Kaye and the rest of the family are in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult days of “Goodbye.” We look forward to the Hope of eternal Life in Jesus.

  • Hello Uncle Charles:
    Our entire family is saddened to hear that Aunt Nota has left us, but we are rejoicing, too, as we know she is now with her Lord and Savior. What a homecoming it would have been to see! We pray for you, Mark and Nancy, and Kaye and Dan. Many times, the Overland Family has recalled the wonderful times and visits we had when you all would visit. The laughter that would fill Marvin and Opal’s living room was so genuine and still, to this day, generates smiles on our faces. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Aunt Nota’s pain has ended and she is enjoying heaven and her family and friends that are already there.

    Thinking about you and praying for you all,

    Dan and Nancy Overland

  • Dr. McCall,

    Mrs. McCall was such a blessing to me during my years at MVNC and beyond. When I came began my college career at 17 she was a mother figure. I loved her so much that I spent three years in Pioneer Hall…two as a Resident Assistant. She was a joy to talk with and visit. Getting cards in the mail through the years has been a treat. I’m sorry for your loss, but happy that she is with Jesus now. You are in my prayers!

    Robin Hatcher

  • My heart goes out to the family as you grieve the loss of this amazing woman. Nota was loved by so many and touched countless lives on her earthly journey. May God grant you peace as you celebrate her life, and joy when we see her again in our Heavenly home. Much love to all! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Dr. McCall,
    As a former student of “Texas Greek”, you and Nota have found a special place in the hearts of all who have been touched by your ministries, instruction and authentic faith. Our prayers are with your entire family at this time.

  • Charles and Kay – Nota touched so many lives at MVNU (MVNC) and I was certainly one of those young college girls that had the wonderful privilege to be under her influence when I was in Pioneer Hall. Both you and Nota were such a positive influence in my life. She will be missed but we are sure to be reunited in our heavenly home! Thanks for letting God use your family for His purpose. Blessings.

  • Dr. McCall… so sorry to hear of your loss… though I only knew her in passing on a sidewalk she ALWAYS had a smile and kind word. Gracious, friendly, pleasant, and uplifting is how I knew her. I sure wish there was some way to relate the impact the two of you have had on so many of us. God bless you both for the many years of service to our college/university and for the rich display of love you’ve both shown. There are so many lives who are better because of you both. May her love for you and God’s love in you sustain, comfort, and strengthen you and your family until you meet her again. With great love and respect…

  • For the McCall family,

    Though we haven’t known Nota many years, we have learned to love her and enjoy her sweet Christian personality. She coordinated the retired pastor’s and missionary’s monthly breakfast which we attended many times with her and Dr. McCall and always looked forward to being with them. We have a blue butterfly on our frig she gave us for Christmas one of those years, so we will remember her well when we see this. It was her joy to do the little things that mean much. We will miss her as we have been missing her when she had to stop coming to church with us. She will be missed by all who knew her.

    May God bless as we celebrate her life on Thursday.

    Our love to all of you, Bob and Donna Hebets

  • Dr. McCall and Family,

    So sorry to hear of this great loss. While working at MVNU (MVNC) for 20 years, I observed you two. Such role models, you both were to everyone your lives touched. We were neighbors for a while…you on Highland Drive and us, Highland Court. We would greet you often with your little dog as we took a stroll. Our paths crossed over the years and I am so glad they did even though I
    was not a student – just a co-worker and friend!
    Nota will be missed. Our prayers are with you and your family. Thank the Lord
    for the wonderful memories on life’s journey and her goal has been reached.

    Lord bless!
    Betty and Ralph