Catherine Nell Debose of Buffalo, a retired cook, died Monday in Sisters Hospital after a long illness. She was 77.
Born Catherine Wise in Samson, Ala., she came to Buffalo in the 1950s and worked as a cook at Nazareth Nursing Home for many years, retiring in the mid-1990s.
The mother of seven children, she enjoyed bingo.
Her husband of 49 years, John D., died in 1995.
Surviving are three daughters, Linder S. Sullen, Essie M. and Precious, all of Buffalo; two sons, John H. and Charles E., both of Buffalo; 22 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Pilgrim Baptist Church, 665 Michigan Ave., after a wake at 10. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.