Dorothy McClendon

Dorothy Jean McClendon (Arrington)

Saturday, June 18th, 1938 - Friday, October 2nd, 2020
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On May 13th, 2020, Dorothy Jean (Arrington) McClendon took her last breath at home surrounded by her husband, Tom; Granddaughter, Shani; Daughter, Stacy, and Daughter-in-Law, Shelly. Born on June 18th, 1938 in Montgomery, Alabama, Dorothy was the only child born to Mattie Pearl Loftin and Willie Arrington.
In 1963 Dorothy was introduced to Tom McClendon; they married a year later and began their family in Battle Creek, welcoming daughter Stacy in 1967 and son, Marc in 1970.
Dorothy lived her values to uphold and strengthen youth, families and communities, offering a lifetime of service professionally, in her church and broader Battle Creek. Some of the organizations that welcomed Dorothy’s stewardship and wit include the State of Michigan Children's Protective Services, the Calhoun County Child Abuse and Neglect Council, and the Michigan Council of Social Services Workers. Her drive shone most in her work with the Battle Creek Community Foundation spanning 25 years. Dorothy was a faithful member of Second Missionary Baptist Church in Battle Creek for more than 3 decades, where she sang, taught and was a founding member of the Sacred Conversations on Race Book Club. Dorothy brought a depth of interest to the work and learning around racial equity, and modeled courageous conversations everywhere.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, aunt, and son. She leaves to celebrate her life and continue her legacy of laughter, her husband of 56 years, Tom McClendon of Battle Creek; daughter, Stacy McClendon (Shelly Graf) of Minneapolis, MN; step children, Narda McClendon of Kalamazoo, Sean (Erin) McClendon of Oakland Park, FL, and Andrea McClendon of Brockton, MA; cousin Leroy (Waldine) Arrington of Youngstown, OH; grandchildren, Shani McClendon, Shauntae Weir, Andrew Diaminah, Sendolo Diaminah, Andre (Cheryl) McClendon, 5 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and and old.
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Posted at 10:23am
I visited Dorthey and Tom for the past few years to share thoughts from the Bible. I loved our discussions about Gods Kingdom and the beautiful future we have to look forward to under that Kingdom. The resurrection will be part of God's promise to be fulfilled. John 5:28,29. I Also enjoyed her beautiful smile. She was truly a lady with class. I miss her and look forward to the time when I will see her again. Rev. 21:3,4. I love you Dorthey.
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Jane McCracken

Posted at 10:25am
Where is that larger than life laughter, that I've enjoyed for fifty years? Dorothy was always an inspiration to me when I began my career as a Social Worker. Her insight into Children's Protective Service cases was amazing. We had many adventures together. I was always a willing participant in Dorothy's many activities. Dorothy's strength and positive outlook on life were an inspiration to me and many others. Our friendship will never end, as it continues on, in my heart, for now and always. I've been blessed to have had Dorothy in my life. My deepest sympathies to everyone in the Tom McClendon family.

Barbara Hettich

Posted at 11:19am
Dorothy was an amazing role model when I started my career as a young social worker. After I left the agency it was always such a happy surprise to run into her at Meijers and catch up. She was an astonishing woman who surely be missed. Wishing her family peace and comfort.

Kathy Haynes

Posted at 11:58pm
Thank you Dorothy for helping me when I was 25 years old. You took me under your wing when we worked together in the Children's Protective Services unit in Battle Creek. I never forgot your kindness. Your humor and laughter helped me through some tough times. Forever grateful. RIH.

Kathy Dilsaver

Posted at 06:31pm
Dorothy, you are loved, you made a difference. As years passed, jobs changed, may not have stayed in touch but always with heart connected.
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