Please RSVP for Marcy’s Memorial Celebration


Marcy Westerling

Living Legacy Memorial Celebration
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

3:00pm (arrival at 2:30)
Portland, Oregon

Dear friends, family, colleagues, and fellow organizers for social justice,

You are invited to the Marcy Westerling Living Legacy Memorial Celebration on Sunday, August 23rd at 3pm at 1st Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR (arrival at 2:30). Please RSVP here.

Marcy was many things to many people – a friend, a mentor, an inspiration, daughter, sister, aunt, partner and wife – but to all of us, she was an organizer.  She was always listening, thinking, feeling, writing, and plotting or scheming, as she would say, to bring people together to make their lives and our world better.  She continues to challenge us to use our personal and collective power to counter the wrongs in our lives and push with courage and determination towards justice for ourselves, our communities, and our world.

On August 23rd we will be remembering and celebrating the many ways that Marcy lit up our world and our lives and brought us together.  We will be grieving together and we will be honoring the legacy that Marcy has left us, and continues to challenge us to advance.  Hosted by the Rural Organizing Project, and lovingly planned by her family, friends, and colleagues, we will be following Marcy’s direction to grieve our loss and celebrate her life with sorrow and love.  All are welcome.

Please RSVP here and make sure to note if you will be joining us for the ceremony from 3:00 – 4:30 pm and/or the community meal and dance party 4:30-7:30, and the ages of your children if they will be attending.

If you have not already submitted a tribute with your own reflections on the way Marcy touched your life, please consider doing so.  These testimonies will be compiled and shared at the Marcy Westerling Living Legacy Memorial Celebration and beyond.  Please send us your stories, however simple or elaborate, about how Marcy has made a difference in your life and your organizing. No contribution is too small or big. Email to share your tribute to Marcy Westerling.

We also invite everyone to honor Marcy Westerling and contribute today to sustaining her legacy through the Marcy Westerling Legacy Fund.

If you have further questions about the Marcy Westerling Living Legacy Memorial Celebration, please feel free to contact Cara Shufelt at or Holly Pruett at  If you are interested in volunteering to support this event, please email Grace Taylor directly at

With love, grief, and gratitude,

Cara On behalf of Marcy’s friends, family and organizing community

About marcy westerling

I am a long time community organizer with a passion for justice and founded the Rural Organizing Project in 1992. Derailed by a Stage IV Ovarian Cancer diagnosis in spring 2010, I have stayed in treatment since then. I am learning how to embrace livingly dying and hope that by starting a Phase One immunology clinical trial at UPenn in spring of 2013 I will have more time to find the sweet spots of thriving while terminally ill.

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