To the Editor:
I was so grieved to hear of the recent passing of Jacqueline “Jackie” Watts. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with her family and friends during this sad time.
As a community leader Jackie worked in editing at the Baltimore Guide and at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. She was an outspoken and passionate voice for literacy who was loved and respected by those she came to contact with, either at work, in her favorite Fells Point haunts or at the library. She was a loyal and fervent supporter of east Baltimore Recreation and Parks happenings.
What a full life she led, from costume designing in New York City to designing here in Baltimore at Center Stage. That was the beginning of her love for this great city, from Fell’s Point to the Orioles to local politics to her Greektown home in east Baltimore and to the publications to which she gave her all.
Jackie was also the consummate Baltimorean. We were enriched by her life, which was bountiful and well lived.
I pray that all who knew her will find comfort in the remembrance of her many ventures in Baltimore, and solace in the knowledge that Jackie meant so much to so many. The best of her lives on in her family and in the work she did to improve the lives of so many. I join the Baltimore community in mourning the loss of this fine and remarkable woman. I also join in celebrating a life well lived.
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski