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: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Nota Maxine McCall.