Cassandra Peterson Tucker affectionately known as Princess was born September 4, 1959 to Bertha Newsome Tucker and the late James E. Tucker. She was granted her
angel wings on Wednesday Oct. 7, 2020.
Cassandra was born at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore Maryland and raised in Somerville Mass. She attended Somerville Public Schools and graduated from Somerville High School. As a child she was a proud daddy’s girl that was very bright and talented. She was a part of a talented dance troupe called the Art of Black Dancers. They won competitions together and created a lifelong friendship that was special. She met and grew up with her lifelong friends Georgeanna Haynes, Paula Lamb, Robin Battle, Dawn Battle, Lisa Butner and TJ Ward while living in Somerville Mass. Roller skating was their passion at the Bal-a-roue roller skating rink in Medford Mass. This is where she met her first love and daughter’s father Gaylord Gales. After moving to Massachusetts from Maryland Cassandra never understood why almost all her cousins lived in Roxbury and she lived in Somerville. So every weekend the family
drove to Roxbury to visit. That made her happy, but at the end of the day when it was time to go back to Somerville, she would cry and say “I want to live here”. When she
became of age and moved out on her own, needless to say she moved to Roxbury. She loved modeling, taking pictures and fashion. She was very active in black culture
and her small frame didn’t even match her big voice. She went on to get her AA at Roxbury Community College in Early Education. She worked at Mattapan Head Start as a
Daycare Provider. She was also a Resident Assistant at the Place of Promise, a Christian non profit organization that helps addicts with recovery. Cassandra also was
a well respected Register Assistant at Wilberforce University in Ohio.
Cassandra was the most hilarious, vibrant, vocal and lovable person you would have been blessed to known. She was a breast cancer survivor and cancer free for 8 years.
She was also a proud recovery addicted and turned her life around and became clean and sober. She used her granddaughter Nye as an inspiration to break the cycle. Cassandra was the life of the party. She would impersonate anything and anyone including animals. She always had the funniest punchlines and did the most outrageous things. Her mother called her Dr. Peterson because she would diagnose her- self and then tell her doctors what they needed to do. She loved cooking (collard greens) for her family, the finest jewelry, shopping and the ID channel that she watched every single day. She thought she was a Princess, she lived up to her nickname however, she loved her birth name Cassandra.
She was very protective of her family. Family was extremely important and priceless to her. She talked to her Aunt Betty Newsome early every morning and thought her
mother Bertha Tucker was the cutest thing ever. Her best friend was her daughter Inge Tucker. They did everything together. She called her granddaughter Nye Tucker “granddaughter pretty” because she said she was perfect, she loved everything about Nye. Cassandra loved her little brother Derek Tucker and bossed him around when they were children and continued into adulthood. Cassandra was always more aggressive than Derek. They would get an allowance of $5.00 a week. She would spend her money and take Derek’s money and spend it too. She had a special bond with her daughter’s father and life long friend Gaylord Gales. She was referred to as “Mima” by her granddaughter Nye and a host of daycare children that attended her daughter Inge’s Family Home Daycare.
Cassandra was preceded by her father James E. Tucker, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.
Cassandra is survived by her daughter Inge Tucker, granddaughter Nye Tucker, mother, Bertha Newsome Tucker, brother Derek Tucker, Aunt Betty Newsome,
Uncle Johnnie Lee Newsome and a host of nieces, nephew, cousins, family and friends. We will all miss her immensely.
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