Jacquie Holmes has died. She was 59.
Jacquie was born on Oct. 28, 1949 to Henry and Lela Lynch in Portland.
She departed this life on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009.
Jacquie attended Elliot Elementary School, Washington High School and went on to major in criminal justice. She had her hands in just about everything.
Portland was where she lived her life but Jacquie's heart and soul resided in Africa.
She lived a blessed life and helped a lot of people. For over 30 years Jacquie worked in social services. She worked at Albina Ministrial Alliance, the Public Defenders Office, Bradley Angel House, as well as many other places, including her own office — Jacquie's Office of Skillful Help & Knowledge. She was an expert at any job or task she was a part of. If you couldn't do it, all you had to do is call on "The Big Kahuna" (The Boss), as her kids and other family members would call her. Along with being an advocate for seniors and the disabled, she believed in the village. She truly believed in helping African American people. As she would say: "I believe in getting my 40 acres and a mule."
Her family will miss this incredible woman who touched their lives in many ways: The mother who loved her children and grandchildren and instilled morals and values in them with lots of discipline, tough love in a caring hardcore way; the sister who loved her siblings dearly and the friend who was there to help anyone she could; and the social worker who was there for anyone in need; the woman who never sugar coated anything.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her son Joe Eddy Blake, Jr.
Jacquie is survived by her children Lance G. Fluker (Jackie), Tunisia T. Williams, Adwoa M.L. Thomas, Anthony C. Thomas and Veronica Miles (Anthony); 19 grandchildren; sisters Shirley M. Vidal and Saundra L. Erving; brothers Henry a. Lynch Jr. and Lawrence (Larry) Collins; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.
Services were held on Friday, Feb. 27 at Fellowship M.B.C. Services Entrusted to Cox & Cox Funeral Chapel.