In memory of
McCracken, Sally 87 Mar. 27, 1928 Nov. 06, 2015 Sally McCracken, age 87, died peacefully at home. Born in Eugene, to Harold Alexander Moore and Mary Ellen Bailey Moore, she had an older brother, Berton, who preceded her in death. Sally attended Oak Grove grade school and Eugene High School. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 1950 and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Sally married her college sweetheart, Paul N. McCracken Jr., Aug. 19, 1950. They were blessed to have been married for almost 61 years, before his passing in 2011. She is survived by her children, John Moore McCracken (Susan), Mary Ellen Fendley (John) and Peter Moore McCracken (Michelle); nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Sally was a very active community volunteer with over 40 years of service. In the 1960s Sally began volunteering. She was active with the Kappas, PTA, Moreland Presbyterian Church and United Way. In 1968, she joined the Family Services Commission of the East Cap board to help low income folks in poverty pockets. In 1970, she was elected to the Portland Action Committee's Together board (now Portland Impact). In 1976, she was elected chair. She was on the Portland City Club board from 1978 to 1980. In the '70s, she served on the Center for Urban Education board. She was an elder at Moreland Presbyterian Church. She served the Interagency Welfare Crisis Commission, was the chair of Emergency Helping Agencies and was on the Tri-County Commission Council and the United Way board. In 1978, she helped found the Burnside Consortium which later became Central City Concern. Also in 1978, she was appointed by Gov. Tom McCall (and later by Gov. Bob Straub) to the Public Welfare Review Commission. In 1980, she ran for state representative and lost. She was appointed to the State Scholarship Commission by Gov. Vic Atiyeh and Neil Goldschmidt. In the '80s, she was on the Providence Hospital Community board, elected to the Oregon Community Foundation chair and the Giving in Oregon Council chair (a branch of OCF), a position she held for 18 years. In addition, she served on the University of Oregon Alumni board. In the '90s, Sally served on the Ford Family Foundation board, the University of Oregon Foundation board and was a Reed College Trustee. Sally received many notable awards for community service. To note just a few, she was the Mayor of Portland's Model Citizen in 1987, she had the Sally McCracken Building named after her in 1991, she was the University of Oregon Woman of Excellence in 2000, Ford Family Emeritus in 2001 and Reed College Emeritus in 2007. To say she was active in the Portland community and beyond is an understatement. Through her leadership, character and warmth she inspired exceptional growth in charitable giving across Oregon. Sally treasured the opportunity to connect people in service to their community. Her family knew she was special even before she began volunteering. How many young children knew exactly what would be served for dinner next Friday and when? She put up a weekly list of meals, chores, times and dates. Everything was organized at home. In time her leadership skills became legendary and her advice was sought out by business leaders and politicians alike. In her private life she loved to fish with her husband, Paul. She made 70 trips to his fly fishing club, Pennask Lake, in British Columbia. She was a member of the Town Club and loved needle point. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, and by all those for whom she worked so hard to make their lives better. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Oregon Community Foundation, Central City Concern or a charity of one's choice. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. Satuday, Dec. 5, 2015, at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Blvd., Portland.
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