The Lois Stokes Memorial

The Lois Stokes Memorial

From Derek Stokes

The Lois Stokes Memorial - Your heartfelt donation will assist in completing Lois's life work, and provide the resources needed to continue her legacy of building a strong families and serving the community.

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“Derek, we are always going to be ‘partmers!’”

When I was around 4 or 5 years old, Mom and I used to love shopping for shoes and clothes at Giant Tiger.  She would say, “Come on, partner let’s go to the store!”  Excited, and still getting my "good English" together, I’d say “We gonna always be partmers! Right?” as I would pick out the items I wanted.  She laughed, and for the rest of her life we were “partmers!”

A stickler for details, and blessed with a passion to serve, Mom enjoyed her career as a claims adjuster for Supreme Life Insurance Company, and she shared her time and talents with various church and community programs.

As President of the Leveda Missionary Circle for Women, and a financial Trustee of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, I watched her oversee the fiscal operations of those organizations while still actively participating in the serving of the sick and shut in, visiting the nursing homes, and providing food, love baskets and encouraging words.    

Although serving her community was important to her, she made sure we had a happy home.  Family was everything to her!  

Mom and Dad (Ocie Barry Stokes, Jr “Chip”) used to love the Kinsman & Lee Thursday Night Mix Bowling League, card parties, the Cleveland Browns, and World Wide Wrestling!  We also enjoyed the semi-monthly meetings and outings of, “The Group.” (All the immediate family including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins)  These were the times when we would all laugh till we cried, learned how to give and receive tough love, support one another in good and challenging times, uphold the family name, and serve the community.        

Last week she told me that she loved me, and that we’ll always be “partmers.”  I’m looking forward to taking the torch and carrying on her legacy.

Your heartfelt donation will assist in completing my mother's life work, and provide the resources needed to continue her legacy of building strong families and serving the community.    

Please join us for her Homegoing celebration:

The Viewing times are as follows:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019  .....  Noon – 7PM

Wednesday, October 23, 2019  ..... 9:00AM – 7:00PM


H.M. Martin Funeral Home, Inc

3856 E. 131st Street

Cleveland, Ohio 44120



The Homegoing Service is as follows: 

Thursday, October 24 2019

10:00 AM

 ******(PLEASE DO NOT WEAR BLACK)*******

 MT. Sinai Baptist Church

7510 Woodland Ave.

Cleveland, Ohio 44104


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