Marcy was my heroine. She suffered with great dignity, fought to survive, and worked tirelessly to improve the fate of others. She will be deeply missed. Marcy, may your trip to the Summerlands be joyous and your time there peaceful until all who love you arrive. Then may great joy and much love increase your blessings. Upon the wings of love you are sent. Leiah

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11252642_10153453501968140_150362685538782117_n The incomparable, unforgettable Marcy Westerling: March 25, 1959 – June 10, 2015

Marcy Westerling, a long-time community organizer with a passion for justice who founded the Rural Organizing Project, died late June 10th in her home in outer southeast Portland amidst the flowering gardens she loved so well, in the devoted care of her husband Mike Edera, family, close friends, and her loyal dog Sawyer. In the 5 years and 3 months since being derailed, as she put it, by Stage IV ovarian cancer, Marcy continued her lifelong role as a leader and organizer, informing and inspiring countless followers around the world through her reports from the frontlines of treatment on her blog, “Livingly Dying: Notes & Essays on Daily Life with Terminal Cancer”.

Marcy traced her identity as an organizer to her Dutch ancestry and the role her forebears played in the resistance movement during WWII. Her childhood on…

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