Kay Louise McCall died on Sept. 16, 2021, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her family gathered at her side. Born in Flint, Michigan on Jan. 5, 1937, to Josiah and Audrey Jordan in the midst of the Great General Motors Sitdown Strike, Kay was always the one who gave back to others. With her parents caught up in the Great Depression, Kay was born in an uncertain time but surrounded by love. Her childhood in Clio, Michigan was stable, but she witnessed the homefront effects of World War II on her family as her uncles went off to fight, her father Joe worked long shifts in the tank factory, and her mother Audrey kept the household together. Can drives, rationing, parades, and newsreels from the frontlines filled her World War II years, spent with her little sister and life-long best friend Nan. Once peace returned, Kay and her family moved to Joe’s boyhood home of Cottonplant, Arkansas to open his own welding shop. Times were hard in Cotton Plant, and racism and poverty opened 10-year-old Kay’s heart to the needs of others, especially children. At a young age, she decided to become a teacher for those who had less than she did–a dedication to justice and education that never left her.