By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun
5:17 PM EDT, April 16, 2013
Doreatha C. Jordan, a retired Morgan State University student center director, died of a pulmonary embolism April 13 at Sinai Hospital. The Northwood resident was 89.
Born Doreatha Cecelia Diggs in New Rochelle, N.Y., she was the daughter of Leroy and Nellie Diggs. She moved to Baltimore and was a 1942 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. She attended Coppin State College.
In 1946, she married the Rev. Basha Jordan, a United Methodist pastor. She moved with him to assignments in West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland. Family members said she gained a reputation for wearing hats wherever she went.
From 1972 to 1991, she worked at the McKeldin Center at Morgan State University. She was a campus adviser to students and a YWCA manager. Mrs. Jordan also endowed a scholarship for a deserving student.
She was a member of the Ministers' Wives Association and traveled to its conventions.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Centennial-Caroline Street United Methodist Church, 1029 E. Monument St.
Survivors include a son, the Rev. Basha Jordan Jr.; a daughter, Mary Frances Aikins-Afful; a brother, Douglas Charles Diggs, all of Baltimore; and four grandchildren. Her husband died in 1980.
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