Wife, mother, and retired First Grade Teacher Kaye Love Champion McDonald passed away on November 11, 2021, at the age of 62 after an onerous battle with Kidney Disease and Heart Disease at Baptist Memorial Hospital, in Columbus, M.S.
Kaye Love Champion McDonald was born on October 15, 1959, to doting parents Earnest Clifton (E.C.) Champion and Hedy Maude Simpson Champion in Charleston, MS.
Kaye Love Champion McDonald graduated in 1977 from Strider Academy located in Charleston, MS. Kaye Love Champion McDonald went on pursuing her love of knowledge and education by obtaining her B.S. in Elementary Education in 1983, from the Mississippi University for Women located in Columbus, MS. Kaye Love went on to shape young minds by teaching first grade for the Lowndes County School District in Columbus, MS from August of 1983 until November of 1998. Kaye Love Champion McDonald was forced to retire from her calling as a teacher in 1998 as the bombardment of her medical problems began.
Kaye Love Champion McDonald is survived by her loving husband of forty-four years, Henry Clyde McDonald; two children, Clifton Curtis McDonald (son) and Krystle Kaye McDonald “Osburn” (daughter); and sister, Gayle Champion McClure, all are currently residents of Columbus, MS. Kaye Love was a loving grandmother that was immersed in her grandchildrens’ lives sadly leaves behind her five grandchildren; Krystle’s children; Camerron Bailey Osburn (grandson) that lovingly gave her the nickname “Mommy Kaye” or “KK”, Jaycee Grey Osburn (granddaughter) and Madison Reece Osburn (granddaughter). Clifton’s children; Kaitlyn McDonald (granddaughter) and Clifton Curtis McDonald, Jr.(grandson) to carry on her love of knowledge and strength to overcome any odds through perseverance, all currently residing in the Golden Triangle.
Kaye Love Champion McDonald is preceded in death by her parents; E.C. and Hedy Maude Champion; and two sisters, Sue Champion Bennett and Julie Anne Champion.
A Memorial Service to honor the life of Kaye Love Champion McDonald and the spreading of her ashes will be held in her hometown of Charleston, MS at a later date for immediate family and close friends only. Please contact Kaye’s daughter Krystle at 662-549-2284 for more information.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that the memorial or donation you make be one that grants the gift of life by considering to become an organ donor(if possible). In 2010 Kaye was given this gift when she received a kidney transplant at UMMC in Jackson, MS. If becoming an organ donor is not possible the family asks that memorials or donations in her name be made to the UMMC-Cardiovascular-Renal-Research Center, 2500 North State Street, G-451, Jackson, MS 39216 or donate online at www.umc.edu/Research/Centers/Cardiovascular-Renal-Research-Center/Donate-Online.com