Later this month, there will be a memorial service in Portland honoring the life of service of Oregon State Sen. Jackie Winters.
On May 29, 2019, Winters, known as the soul of the Oregon Legislature, passed away after a battle with lung cancer. A memorial service at the state capitol in Salem followed in June and filled the legislative chambers with lawmakers, supporters, family and friends.
Sen. Winters, the only black Republican in the Oregon Legislature, impacted thousands of people’s lives during her lifetime, providing them with hope and a future through her legislative advocacy and with Jackie’s Ribs, her restaurant with locations in Salem and in Portland.
“Sen. Jackie Winters was a true pioneer, stateswoman and valiant leader,” Senate Republican leader Carl Wilson R-Grants Pass, said in a statement. “For many years, Sen. Winters embodied the spirit in Oregon, overcoming obstacles, setting a course for others to follow and bridging divides.”
The Portland memorial service will take place on Friday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, 3138 N. Vancouver Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be a reception following the service for those who were touched by Winters’ life to share their experiences and love for her with her family.