Catherine Loise Adams Stokes was born November 28th, 1926 in Philadelphia, PA to the parents of the late Oliver and Helen Adams. She was the wife of late Bishop Alexander A. Stokes, the Pastor of two churches in PA, serving as the Bishop of the State of PA under COOLJC. They had six children Gregory, Theresa, Charlotte, Derrick, Karen, and Alexis, 16 grandchildren, and two generations of great grandchildren.
Catherine Loise was a woman on many missions. Graduating high school in 1945, she continued through life building upon her skills, attending Boyce Community College, graduating in 2004 with an Associate’s degree in Journalism. Down through the years, Catherine worked diligently at John Wanamaker, and Gimbels, retiring early in 1980. Catherine Loise Stokes was a spiritual woman, saved, and filled with the Holy Ghost in 1948. It was then, she begun using her gifts to serve the Lord, and take on many roles within the church setting. Catherine served as the ABYPU President, Advisor to the Youth, Sunday School Superintendent, Church financial Secretary, Sunday School teacher, Editor of Voice of Refuge Newsletter, and the Womens Council President. This was only on the local level. As her passion continue to build, she begin making changes both on the state and international platforms, becoming the State President of the Minister and Deacons wives Guild, implementing the first women’s retreat for the state of Pennsylvania. Continuing to add to her trades within the church, she also provided her services as the Corresponding Secretary, internationally.
Catherine’s strengths were astounding. She was often creating innovative ways to raise money for the church, while generating interest to both young and old about the love of Christ. Catherine developed fundraisers and would focus her time planning and implementing successful programs. Her talents were often displayed through services, and her many religious self-produced theatrical plays. In her spare time, she enjoyed writing poetry, and writing books about her life experiences.
Although Catherine was quiet, she was a force to be reckoned with. She was strong. Catherine was the solid foundation of life, rising above all normal expectations. With pureness in her heart and sacrifice in her blood, Catherine embraced everything good that came in her life. She was honest, and comforting, faithful and true. She was the main ingredient to all our lives, and for that Catherine will be greatly missed. Catherine was what we define as a virtuous woman.
Catherine was proceeded in death by her late husband Alexander A. Stokes, her son, Derrick Stokes, and her Son-in-law Charles Favers. Catherine leaves behind to mourn her passing, her son Gregory Stokes, Daughter Theresa and (Charles Fears), daughter Charlotte Stokes, daughter Karen and (Richard Brown), and Alexis Favers, and a host of great grands, and grandchildren (some who have proceeded her in death), and a host of extended family and friends.
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