We invited folks to share a favorite memory of Jackie to be shared with her granddaughter, her only surviving family:
Cynthia Oakes: She was a tiny but mighty advocate for workers and will be sorely missed.
Ginette Rivard: Cynthia Oakes she was a 5-foot-tall giant.
Cynthia Oakes: Ginette Rivard 5 foot of smile is what I remember most!
Marie Wilson: She was a nice lady and will be missed by many!
Lois Baxter: She will be greatly missed. She and I used to joke about how our adventures in the early days of Summer School would forever remain between the two of us (and they will ). I loved Jackie. She a wonderful person and I morn her passing. RIP, Jackie.
Diane Goodall Sharpe: The old saying “Good things come in small packages” definitely describes Jackie! RIP, you will be missed by all who knew you.
Ramona Welton: Early in my political-learning period, I found myself with Jackie and several other members at the Legislature in Appropriations listening and monitoring. The hours passed, and trust me those chairs get uncomfortable after 6-8 hours. Jackie continue to sit and chat with us as the hours passed. People started to trickle off, leaving the committee continue to work. I thought I would stay till Jackie left. JtRea and I continued to stay. About 2 a.m., I’m thinking, holy this could be an all-nighter. Jackie continued to chat and share her experiences teaching and (knocking on) doors. We shared a link of The County, so I knew the geography and in many cases the people. Finally, at about 4 or possibly 5 a.m., the committee adjourned. We briefly, very briefly all compared notes and went on our way. Lesson of the night: Jackie was committed to the members of MSEA; she was competitive and could out-work and out-wait anyone. She might smile her sweet smile, but she would take you out at the knee verbally. As a role model, I could do no better. You are missed; safe passage, dear one.
Michelle Sinclair: I met this beautiful lady. She will truly be missed.
Jonathan French: Jackie was as kind as she was a fierce advocate for Maine workers and retirees. She was the example of union activism and I would enjoy seeing and chatting with her in the State House or in the Board Room or at one of many, many rallies she attended. Her energy and drive, and of course conversations about her Yankees vs. my Orioles, are the things I will remember most about her. Rest in power, Jackie.
Chris Condon: It was close to 20 years ago that I spent the summer with MSEA 1989 supporting its political program and I still have such fond memories of Jackie. She was everything good and right about a union member and an even better person.
Heidi Brooks: She was a great teacher and mentor throughout her life. We are sorry for her family’s loss.
Steven R. Keaten: I can’t imagine my life without her. I thought of her as my second mother. Everything anyone posts of her on here was that and so much more. We’ve lost a true inspiration to us all. I have so many wonderful memories of her. I know she’s in the loving arms of her daughter and so happy now and that’s the way it should be. Till we meet again.
Wade Colpitts: Jackie. She was a great friend and one great Lady ,loved by many. I loved being on the board with her. I will miss her.