Catherine Baker

April 14, 1928


Catherine Baker, loved by a host of family & friends. Funeral service at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, October,24th, at Lucas Memorial Chapel located at 9010 Garfield Blvd., Garfield Hts., Ohio 44125, . Where the family will receive friend’s one-hour prior to service (10 A.M.). Eastern Star Memorial Services will begin at 10:30 A.M.(Limited Guest, Facial Mask and Social Distancing is Required). Live streaming will be available.

Public visitation will be held from 2 P.M. – 7 P.M., with family visitation from 5 P.M. - 7P.M., on Friday October 23rd, 2020 at Lucas Funeral Home located at 9010 Garfield Blvd., Garfield Hts., Ohio 44125.


Catherine Pearson was born on April 14, 1928 to the union of George and Odessa Pearson in Cleveland, Ohio. Catherine attended Cleveland Public Schools, graduating from Central High School. She accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Lane Metropolitan C.M.E. Church.

On November 8, 1947, Catherine Pearson and Edward L. Baker were joined in Holy Matrimony by the late Rev. M. L. Breeding, Pastor of Lane Metropolitan C.M.E. Church. Four children were born to this union. They celebrated their Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary on November 8, 2007.

Catherine was a stay-at-home mother for many years. She was employed by the Cleveland Clinic and Forest Hills Hospital. She retired in 1987 from the Amasa Stone Home.

In 1958 Catherine joined the Order of the Eastern Stars and maintained an active membership for over 25 years. Catherine began as a member and ended with her Grand Matrons Degree.

Catherine was a devoted wife and mother. She was the Matriarch of five generations of her family. She wore that title with grace. Her children and grandchildren brought her great joy. Catherine had a way of making each family member feel special and valued. She embraced each of us with her love.

Catherine had the gift of gracious hospitality. She was an excellent cook, and her dressing was legendary! She enjoyed sharing meals with family and visitors, including those who came unannounced. Having last-minute guests was never a problem for her. Catherine would make sure that her guests ate well, even if it meant giving up her own plate. Her hospitality extended beyond food. She willingly took in one of her daughter Pam’s friends whose parents were deceased.  She treated her as if she were one of her own. Catherine lived a full, rich life. She enjoyed traveling and shopping. She was blessed to visit her Great-granddaughter, Nicole, and her husband, Dan, in Seattle, Washington for her 85th birthday. She was fashion conscious, wanting to wear heels well into her Eighties. Catherine never wanted to wear “old lady” shoes.

Catherine poured so much into each of her children and grandchildren, and she reaped the reward of doing so ten thousandfold. Whatever she needed or wanted, they provided for her, each in his or her own way. After her husband passed, her health began to decline. Her older daughter, Denise, became her primary caregiver for the past 12 years. Every family member appreciated Denise’s excellent care and the sacrifices she made. The Lord called Catherine home, surrounded by loved ones, on October 12, 2020.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Edward L. Baker, her brothers, Anderson Jefferies, George Pearson, Jr., Charles Pearson, and Franklin Pearson and sisters Mary Kate Pearson and Theresa Smith.

She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Richard (Melody), Reginald (Carol), Denise, and Pamela; her loving sisters, Marie Young and Geraldine Mull; Sister-in-law, Mary Pearson; four grandchildren, Denise (Brian) Bernstein, Lynnesha Hamilton, Lynnette Hamilton, and Fredrick Hunter; six Great-grandchildren, Nicole (Dan) Vann, Lennel Echols, Aedan Lee Walker, Evan Allen Walker, Zakeriah Tommy Lee Hunter, and Casey Duran Walker; one Great-great granddaughter, Miranda Pamela Vann, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Lovingly submitted,

The Family

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