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Obituary: Mrs. Jonnie Mae Catoe

Jonnie Mae CatoeMrs. Jonnie Mae Catoe was born December 6,  1928 in Kershaw, South Carolina to Andrew and Fanita Mae Clinton.  She was the second of five (5) children.  She spent her early years residing in Kershaw, SC where she received her primary education and later relocated to Washington D.C. whereas she completed her secondary education.

Jonnie received Christ as her personal Savior at an early age.  She was baptized by her maternal grandfather Reverend Zedidiah Beckham and resided with him and her grandmother prior to her relocation to Washington D.C. She met Eddie Catoe Sr., the man who would serve as her life long partner and husband of forty-nine (49) years as a child in Kershaw, SC., and later reunited with him in Washington D.C.  The two entered matrimony in 1951 and began a family.  From this union they had five (5) children.

Mrs. Catoe fulfilled her dream of residing in California in 1956,  moving with her family to San Bernardino in 1960, whereas as later attended nursing school at St. Bernadine’s Hospital serving as a “ Candy Striper.” She was well known for her fashion sense.  She was well known as a talented and phenomenal seamstress and tailor.  She worked in this capacity at Harris & Franks and the old Harris Company in San Bernardino prior to embarking in her own tailoring business.  She was highly skilled known for her own designs and patterns producing and hosting numerous fashion shows. Jonnie was a very beautiful, athletic and vibrant woman.  She was member of St. Anthony’s Church, later attending Temple Missionary Baptist Church.  She was a member of the Les Juenes Ami’s Social Club and the NCO Wives Club.

Jonnie departed this life December 9, 2014.  In this life she leaves behind her loving children;  Eddie Jr., Kathleen (Randy), David (Sylvia), Donna (Brian), and stepdaughter Melissa (Ira).  6 grandchildren and 1 step-grandchild.  4 great grandchildren and 4 step-children. 1 sister Anna and a host of cousins, nephews and niece.

She was proceeded in death by her loving and devoted husband Eddie Sr., 1 brother Howard, 2 sisters Jean and Minnie Lee, 1 daughter Barbara, 2 grandsons Andrew Paul and Jordan Matthew and 1 step grandson Thomas David.

Services will be held at Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 1583 Union Street, San Bernardino, CA 92411 at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 18, 2014.  Viewing at Harrison-Ross Mortuary, 738 East Highland Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92404 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 17, 2014.  Internment at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92518 subsequent to services.

Internationally Acclaimed Artists Donate Pieces to LA Auction in Support of Grassroots Movement

LOS ANGELES, CA- On Sunday, December 14, the Critical Resistance Los Angeles (CRLA) chapter will be hosting “Dreaming Wildly, Fighting to Win,” a special evening of art, music, and performance to celebrate its work fighting prison and jail expansion and for self-determination in the LA area. The event will feature an art auction in collaboration with the renowned online auction house Paddle8, and will take place at the newly opened Underground Museum in the West Adams /Crenshaw District of L.A. The funds from the auction will benefit CRLA’s ongoing efforts to build a grassroots movement against the prison industrial complex (PIC).

Over 70 artists are contributing to the auction, which will include pieces by highly acclaimed names such as Charles Gaines, Zoe Leonard, Vaginal Davis, Abigail DeVille, Sam Durant, and Sayre Gomez. The event will also feature a poetry reading and book signing by 2014 National Book Award finalist Fred Moten, as well as performances by Los Angeles Poverty Department members Anthony Taylor and KevinMichael Key.

Among CRLA’s projects that will benefit from this auction is an ongoing fight against a proposed women’s jail construction project in Lancaster, CA. In addition to conducting broader political education, CRLA also facilitates Leadership Education Action and Dialogue (LEAD), a participatory political education program that engages formerly imprisoned women in monthly workshops that examine various aspects of the PIC and abolition in LA.

Artwork is currently open for bidding on Paddle8’s website, and interested buyers will also be able to bid in person at the event. The evening is family-friendly and will include activities for kids, music by HOOPS DJs, and light refreshments. Doors will open for a reception at 5pm, with performances at 6pm and music at 8 p.m. The Underground Museum is located at 3508 West Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles (90018).

Two Girls Celebrate ‘Juneteenth’, and Learn Life Lessons in New Book

Sophie and Lelah Celebrate JuneteenthThe debut book in the Sophie and Lelah series by author L. Monique Gonzalez titled “Sophie and Lelah Celebrate Juneteenth” tells the tale of two spunky girls whose adventures teach young readers important life lessons. Sophie and Lelah are cousins and best friends. While attending their family reunion, one of them suffers a minor injury.

This incident throws the two girls into a journey of self-discovery that teaches them the importance of family, friendship and history as they commemorate Juneteenth, a day of celebration marking the end of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865 almost three years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

“I don’t think there are enough representations in print or media of the varied people and cultures present in our society,” Gonzalez says. “It is important to understand the experiences of others because it affects the way we relate to one another and impacts the ultimate success of our interactions.”

Gonzalez hopes to educate young readers about the significance of tradition and teach positive values in an entertaining and lighthearted way.