On June 16, 1963, a beautiful soul entered this world. She was wrapped in love and filled with a personality like no other. She was born in Albany, Georgia, to the late Elijah Williams and Daisy Jackson. Cathy was given the ability to smile in the midst of any adversity or challenge that came her way. At the age of 9 years old, she was hit by a car and remained in a coma for a while. It was challenges like these that shaped her into the strong woman she would become.
She received most of her education in the Dougherty County School System and considered herself a Mighty Tornado of Monroe High School Class of 1981 and worked to obtain her GED later in her adult life.
As a teenager, she began a relationship with Alford Whitaker that would lead to the birth of her first daughter, Sharefia Jackson, on March 1, 1980. Four years later she would give birth to her second daughter, Sheena Stephens, on September 19, 1984. Her relationship with Alford would come to an end shortly after. She then formed a relationship with Richard Baker, and on April 3, 1988, she gave birth to another baby girl, Samantha Jackson. Cathy loved her daughters with every breath of her being. She often mourned for the child that she miscarried before the birth of her firstborn, her son, “Gerald”. Although there was a hole in her heart for the child she lost, she never lost hope; she kept his spirit alive.
Cathy was determined to not let anything stop her from progressing and making life better for her and her girls. She showed her girls that there is nothing you can’t do if you are committed and determined. And committed she was. A mother willing to lead by example. Cathy gained a position at Anchor Finance and transitioned her life welfare to be free of Government assistance. She remained at Anchor Finance for approx. 30 years. Over the course of those years, she never missed work. Rain or shine from Monday through Friday, you knew where to find her....sitting at her desk with a smile as big as the Sun. This position afforded her the opportunity to meet/encounter and impact the lives of so many, especially those she met throughout her time at Anchor. You would rarely meet someone that didn't know Cathy. She truly is a joy to be around. Her social life was an added bonus. Talk about the life of the party! Cathy had the ability to light up any room that she entered. To say she loved music is an understatement. People would be filled with joy whenever her favorite songs were played because she would shout and jump up to dance. Gerald Levert - Baby Hold on to me, Anthony Hamilton - Charlene and we can’t forget Lil Wayne- Lollipop to name a few.
Born in a tight-knit family she was free to be herself. She was never without love and support. Cathy embraced the love that was sent her way. Moreover, she loved herself even more. You would always find her taking pictures. According to her, she never took an ugly picture. She knew she was beautiful. It's her beauty and her love for life that we all will miss.
On January 16, 2022, her journey on this side of heaven had come to an end. Cathy was a dedicated mom, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend to many. She leaves to cherish her memory: her three girls, Sharefia Jackson, Sheena (Willie) Stephens, and Samantha Jackson; her five grandkids, Jamesha (Milik) Rhodes, Jaiden Wallace, Amoria Stephens, Trenton Hall Jr., and Jordan Cochran; her three great-grandkids, Jayceon Rhodes, Jailah Wallace, and Journei Rhodes; her thirteen siblings, Charlie Jackson Jr., Marcus (Sanchon) Jackson, Curtis (Audrey) Jackson, Chantel Williams, Larry (Pamela) Jackson, Shalanta (Leonard) Jackson, Tony (Charlie) Williams, Johnny (Vickie) Williams, Brenda Solomon, Elijah Williams Jr., Cornelius Williams, Greta Harris, and Grindal Laster. She is preceded in death by three sisters, Verdel Bolden, Delijah Duvall, and Vickie Thomas.