Elizabeth Hortense Canady
Hortense Golden Canady Elizabeth Hortense Golden Canady was born August 18, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois to Alexander Hamilton Golden and Essie Mae Atwater Golden. Her father had a prolonged illness and died from heart disease when she was 10 years old. Her beloved grandfather, Papa Joe Atwater convinced her mother to return to Jackson, Tennessee for the good of the children. When she was 14, her mother went to Washington DC to complete a Master's degree; Hortense later joined her and they studied together. Hortense described it as one the best times of her life. While in Washington, she worked at the Pentagon and the Letter Writing Office of the President of the United States, all while completing her high school diploma by correspondence. At the age of 16 she enrolled in Fisk University where she met her husband of 65 years, Clinton Canady Jr, a dental student at Meharry Medical School. History briefly intervened ("WWII") and Clinton was commissioned into the Army. Prior to his deployment, they married on her 18th birthday. Hortense earned a Bachelors of Science degree in zoology from Fisk. After the war, Dr. and Mrs. Canady settled in Lansing, Michigan and became very actively engaged in the political and social life of the city. Their first child, Clinton Canady III, a lawyer, was followed soon after by a daughter Alexa Irene Canady-Davis, a world renowned pediatric neurosurgeon. They were also blessed with two more sons, Alan Lyle Canady and Mark Howard Canady, also lawyers. It was at this time that Hortense laid the foundation for the passionate commitment to community service that her family continues today. In the midst of raising her children, Hortense joined the Michigan Dental Auxiliary, participated in the NAACP, the United Negro College Fund, the Community Chest, and The Links, Inc. She demonstrated and inspired leadership as a founding member of Les Meres et Debutante and the Lansing Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Chapter, Inc. Her charisma and leadership were quickly recognized, and she became known at the regional and national levels of many organizations demonstrated by her serving on the Board of Directors of First of America (now PNC) Bank, the National Board of the YWCA, and as the first regional director of the Midwest Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A premier accomplishment of her community service was her election as the 18th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. As National President, she spearheaded the establishment of positive pledging practices, developed the Delta Social Action Commission, and the Delta Sigma Theta Research and Educational Foundation. Another distinguished accomplishment was her election as the first African American member of the Lansing School Board. She was instrumental in forging a coalition of members that voted to desegregate the public schools; an act for which they were each recalled - yet their accomplishment remained and the desegregation of the Lansing schools continued. This group continued to meet annually for lunch in celebration of their accomplishment. As her children matured, she went back to school and earned a Master's degree in Higher Education at Michigan State University, while employed as an administrator in the Office of Financial Aid at Lansing Community College. She also served as the first Director of the Lansing Community College Foundation, establishing a donation fund of more than a million dollars. In 2002, Hortense was elected to the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. She was a recipient of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, which celebrates women as community leaders in the region. Hortense Golden Canady was a woman of great vision and possessed the energy to enact her visions. She was gifted with the rare combination of being a woman of keen intellect and great beauty. Hortense died peacefully in her sleep on October 23, 2010 at the age of 83. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Clinton Canady Jr, and her children, Clinton III (Rita), Alexa Irene (George), Alan Lyle (Margee), Mark Howard; and Renee; grandchildren, Cheyenne Charmaine Canady, Tara (Jimmy) Doss, Clinton Canady IV, Anthony Alan Canady, Sierra Nicole Canady, Marcus Atwater Canady, Alexander Clinton Canady, Wesley Alan Canady, Raleigh James Canady, and Maya Alexa Canady; great-grandchildren; Dennis Dale Truman-Parker III, Gage Anthony Parker, Martel Thomas Moore, and Carter James Doss; devoted brother-in-law, Lee Andrew Canady; step-brother, Sidney Lee Perry, Jr.; nieces, Tonia Eugenia Canady and Annice Golden, nephews, Lee Andrew Canady, II and Howard "Chip" Golden Jr., and a multitude of other family and friends who loved and admired her. She was pre-deceased by her parents, her brother Howard Atwater Golden, and her grandson Mark Howard Canady II. Donations may be made to United Negro College Fund and/or Fisk University in memory of Hortense Golden Canady. Public viewing is available on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church 2912 Pleasant View Rd., Lansing MI. Family visitation is October 28, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and funeral services at 12:00 p.m. also at Friendship Baptist. Interment at Deepdale Cemetary, 4110 Old Lansing Rd., Lansing, MI. Final Arrangements entrusted to Swanson Funeral Home, 2210 Martin Luther King Ave. Flint, Michigan.

Published by Lansing State Journal on Oct. 27, 2010.
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I thank God for blessing my beloved sorority with such a gracious and beautiful woman. May God continue to comfort the Canady family in the weeks, months, and years ahead.
Kim Martin Sadler
November 3, 2010
A Delta gem has gone, but will never be forgotten.

Vivian Stephney Johnson, Clarksdale, Mississippi
November 2, 2010
Thank you for such a great legacy.

Nashville Alumnae Chapter-DST
Michelle Carter-Johnson
November 2, 2010
One Delta's best national presidents. Her pleasant smile will be missed. Love and peace to the entire Canady family
November 2, 2010
My most sincere sympathy to the Canady family
Patricia Bush
November 1, 2010
You called me your Mississippi friend. May God bless and keep your family
Modena Carter
November 1, 2010
Thank you for your grace,stregth and leadership you were and will always be a wonderful role model.
Roderick Sims
November 1, 2010
May God continue to bless this family and all of us who have lost a great a legacy and role model.You will be deeply missed.
Roderick Sims
November 1, 2010
The great lady has passed, but your flame lives in your grandchildren, I've had the pleasure of interacting with a few of them at Waverly High. Long live your sweet memory, your sacrifices.
Gregory Jones
October 31, 2010
Brenda Luckett
October 30, 2010
I know that I will miss Soror Canady While working as Asst Sgt at Arms during the Midwest Regional Conference, she always called me the Candy Lady because I would gave her a candy mint
Sandy Hickmon
October 29, 2010
My condolences to the family. Soror Canady will be greatly missed by all.
A. Ann Metcalfe
October 29, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Bernadine Johnson
October 29, 2010
Delta has lost another great woman. She will be sorely missed. My condolences to the family.
Margaret Evans, California
October 29, 2010
Canady Family, I'm deeply sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort, strengthen, and keep you.
Betty Joplin
October 29, 2010
I was saddened to learn of Soror Canady's death. She was truly an inspiration and I was blessed to have pledged my commitment to our Sorority under her leadership. Soror Canady will be fondly and forever remembered for her good works and I am proud to have known her. My prayers are with the family. Be blessed.
Dorothy Guy
October 28, 2010
In memory of our 18th beacon of sisterhood, scholarship,and service.
Doris Person, Ed.D.
October 28, 2010
To the Canady Family, may God continue to wrap his arms around you and comfort you. Soror Dowdy
October 28, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Charles & Pat Jones
October 28, 2010
Dear Canady family,
I too was saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Canady. She leaves behind such a wonderful legacy. Thank you for the blessing you have been to the Lansing community.
Angelena (Owens) Spears
Angelena Owens-Spears
October 28, 2010

Death leaves a heartache no one else can heal and love leaves a memory no one steal. May God comfort the family at this time of need.
Rest in peace Soror Canady!
Judieth Hunt
October 28, 2010
We have so valued the time that Soror Canady spent in stewardship to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Now she has claimed her reward of eternal rest and we thank God that our paths crossed and give testimony to her faithfulness in service to and advocacy for humankind.

Her legacy will live in all of us but especially her granddaughter whose quiet strength mirrors her "Granny".

Until we meet again, Soror....

Soror "Jackie" Dupont-Walker
Century City Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker
October 28, 2010
To Soror Canady's Family:
Thank you for sharing this Great woman with our Sorority. As the daughter of a Fisk graduate, I know that you were so PROUD of your Mother.
May your memories help to sustain you.
With Love
Soror Ottie Andre Bryant
Ottie Bryant
October 28, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Randy & Jacqueline Johnson
October 28, 2010
Rest in Peace Soror. Thank you for all that you have done for Delta Sigma Theta and Young People throughout the World. This earth is a better place because of you! Enjoy your rest!
Adrienne Joyner
October 28, 2010
Heartfelt condolences...Your Mother was such a beautiful, giving, intelligent, and graceful woman - a "good thing". Be thankful as you let the memories of her presence in your lives, as well as her legacy, continue to warm your hearts. Keep her spirit alive by continually honoring her. May each of you continue to be blessed with all "good things". In sympathy...
Karen Flagg
October 28, 2010
Rest in peace Soror Canady. God's strength and mercy to her immediate and extended family! May you always know that she will always be in your memories and will live on as you are her legacy! It was a pleasure working under her leadership at headquarters of Delta Sigma Theta and I will personally miss her smile. Blessings to you all!
Bernice Cotton
October 28, 2010
To the Canady Family: May you feel the love of God through your family and friends at this time. We pray that your memories of her loving and kind spirit comfort you.
Ivan and Diane Rodgers
October 28, 2010
I worked with Hortense years ago at LCC while I was a student, before that Dr. Canady was my family dentist. Hortense was always the most pleasant person to work with. We shared many stories. I never forgot her. Funny, the thing I remember the most--her great skin. Her face was gorgeous! We use to laugh about our oily skin would hopefully keep us wrinke free. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family, she was an amazing woman!
October 28, 2010
Mrs. Canady will be truly missed. She was such a prominent and wonderful person in our community. My heartfelt sympathies to the Canady family...
Anika Moore-Pulliam
October 28, 2010
To the Canady Family, my condolences at the passing of Dr. Canady. Dr. Canady was an inspiration during her life, and she will continue to inspire long after her passing. (Lorna J. Fletcher and family).
Lorna Fletcher
October 28, 2010
To the Canady family, May God comfort you in the loss of your dear love one, Hortense Canady. She has been source of inspiration for me as a women, wife and community leader. Growing up as a young Debutante seeing her as a founding La Mere always made me proud to know that I would not of had the opportunity to be presented to society without her efforts. It is very rare that you have the opportunity to be in the midst of those that have paved the way for you. I now treasure even more the moments that we shared togther at past Cotillions. It is because of her pioneering spirit that African American women are able to service in leadership roles in the Lansing community today. Thank you for sharing Hortense with us.

Robin M. Smith
Lansing Community College Board of Trustee
LCC Foundation Board Member
Robin Smith
October 28, 2010
I thank God for Mrs. Canady! She was one of my Aunt Janet's dearest friends. Mrs. Canady was the only VBS teacher at Friendship Baptist Church in 1956 who gave us graham crackers with chocolate milk! Her dedication to the Les Meres and Debutante Clubs was fantastic~I'm glad she made us go to charm school! My experience as a DST "Pyramid" was the springboard for Mrs. Canady's attention to the process of pledging. And it was her membership on the Lansing Board of Education that prompted me to run for and be elected to the Lincoln Consolidated Schools Board of Education in Ypsilanti. The person I became is a reflection of her wisdom, intellect, and community spirit. I will be forever grateful for having known Mrs. Canady! Blessings and love to Dr. Canady, Joe, Alexa, Allen and Mark!
Julie Jenkins
October 27, 2010
Many people live great lives. Few people leave great legacies. Hortence Canady's accomplishments and good deeds have become embedded in the lives of generations to come. We are all better off because she passed our way. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Barbara Roberts Mason
Barbara Mason
October 27, 2010
I'd like to offer my condolences to the Canady family. I remember being around Hortense as a little girl while spending summers w/ my grandparents. (Dr. William Henry & Catherine Harrison). She was a wonderful person who will be greatly missed.
Anissa Cook
October 27, 2010
"To the Canady Family, We will miss Mrs. Canady! I thank her and the other ladies who founded the Les Meres & Debutante Club. I have always admired Mrs. Canady and will miss her presence at the club events and in the community. God Bless you all!" Gregory, Bianca (Post Deb) and Glenda (Post La Mere) Jones (Lansing, MI)
October 27, 2010
Dear Dr. Canady and Family;

No one likes to see such a beautiful and graceful light dim. When I speak of home, you and your beautiful wife are two of the pillars that I am proud to have known and loved from near and far for a long time. Her legacy will live on as will the name and all of her accomplishments.

God Bless You All.
Julaine "Bebe" Harris
October 27, 2010
June Adkins
October 27, 2010
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
William & Deborah Harrison
October 27, 2010
A wonderful and accomplished woman who has always been a guiding light for all women in our community. My heartfelt sympathy to all the Canady family. May you find comfort in the knowledge that she touched so many with her tireless efforts to make this world a better place.

Janet Mayberry-Bennett
Janet Bennett
October 27, 2010
To Alan and the Canady family,
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I've been away from Lansing for many years but will always remember your mother for her elegance and grace. May God's love comfort you.
Susie Williams-Davis
October 27, 2010
What a great contribution Mrs. Canady made in the lives of many she came in contact with. She will greatlly missed.
Bishop Michael Williams
October 27, 2010
To the family and friends of Soror Canady, I wish to extend my sincere and heartfelt sympathies to you at this time. Sincerely,
Soror Denise Banks, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Denise Banks
October 27, 2010
Our city has lost a great leader and a wonderful "teacher of life". She will always be with you and helping you through life's journey. God bless your family.
Nancy Mahlow
October 27, 2010
Sorry to hear about your loss. The Taylor Family is here is you need anything. Roy, Pam Taylor and their kids.
Jennifer Taylor
October 27, 2010
Clinton-III, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Frank B. & Jessica F.
Frank Bonofiglio
October 27, 2010
I wish to convey my deepest sympathy to the Canady Family during this period of sorrow.
Howard Evans
October 27, 2010
What a remarkable woman.
October 27, 2010
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Vivian Foster
October 27, 2010
May your hearts be filled with love as you celebrate a life of a woman who has touched many lives? Mrs. Canady leaves an honorable legacy to this city and it is my sincere hope that God will comfort you in your time of need.
Candice Bouyer Harper
October 27, 2010
To the Canady Family, be strong in the Lord and the power of his might. (Ephesian 6:10). God will hold Hortense and you in the hollow of his hands, forever and ever. Stay blessed and know that the entire Lansing community is praying with you and for you!
Deborah Sudduth Garland
October 27, 2010
I wish to extend my sincere sympathy to the Canady family. Mrs. Canady leaves a great legacy in the Lansing Community. My Sister, Harriet, was one of the first debutantes in the Les Meres which he founded. May God's love comfort you in your grief.
Mary Stokes
October 27, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Suzanne Moore
October 27, 2010
So sorry for your loss Clinton. May God grant you Serenity at this time. Kay P
October 27, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the Canady Family
Reginald Riddle
October 27, 2010
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