Cassandra Gaines, known as Momma C to many of her closest friends, passed away this weekend, according to friends and co-workers.
Gaines was 63.
She served numerous roles in Muskogee, both officially and unofficially, from managing the Civic Center and Roxy Theater to helping encourage young artists and photographers to pursue their dreams.
She was also the entrepreneur behind “Momma C’s Soul Food in a Jar” and the author behind a popular cookbook. Her jarred goods included black eye pea salsa, mild chow chow, pickled okra, sweet potato butter and watermelon pickles.
During her life, she was featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Essence Magazine, Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine, 55+ Magazine, and newspapers across the state. She was also interviewed by Al Roker of The Today Show on the Food Network.
No word yet on services for Gaines.