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.