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Louise Owens, a longtime Linn County Democrat who served as vice chair of the local party for many years, died Saturday at Lebanon Community Hospital. She was 72.
Loyd Henion, former Linn Dems chair, paid tribute to his friend and Democratic Party colleague in this Facebook post:
It didn't take long for anyone who knew Louise to learn just what an extraordinary person she was. The longer one was acquainted with her, the deeper the awarenesses of her exceptionalism became.
Her diversity and depth of knowledge and experiences were revealed during every conversation.
She worked for the local and state Democratic Party from her home in Lebanon. Her love and expressions for truth and justice were transmitted to others in the most thoughtful, graceful and articulate way.
Her ability to express her thoughts in stories verbally and in essays, letters, prose and children's textbooks always left me mystified as to how one person could accomplish so much. And she did all of this without expecting any recognition.
She truly became one of my best lifetime – and most appreciated – friends. Some people are simply not replaceable.
Oh did I mention her wit and humor. She could always make me laugh even during the worst of times.
I could not have survived being Chair and Co-Chair of the Linn County Democrats for 10 years without Louise keeping me sane as the Vice Chair.
No memorial will be sufficient for my friend but we will stage one soon, obeying all the rules of social distancing, outside with limited numbers, (Zooming option will be available) and mask wearing at a location to be determined.
I will never forget you, Louise.
A look back at a month of protests against systemic racism, racial injustice
• Hundreds gather in Lebanon on June 14 for Black Lives Matter Demonstration
• More than 1,000 people lined Ellsworth Street in downtown Albany on June 2 to peacefully protest.
• Miriam Cummins, Democratic candidate for House District 15 State Representative, speaks June 6 at a protest at the State Capitol in Salem.
• Some 2,000 gathered in downtown Corvallis on May 31.
• An estimated 4,000 demonstrated June 7 in downtown Corvallis.
Also, Rosa Colquitt, Ph.D, Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon's Black Caucus, wrote a message May 29 on Facebook, titled "George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all who came before" And Rosa wrote "Juneteenth: Celebration of Freedom."
And see comments by Sen. Jeff Merkley, Congressman Peter DeFazio and State Rep. Marty Wilde.
And for more reading, see the "21-Day Racial Equity Challenge," by Dr. Eddie Moore
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