Courtesy ACCW
Giny Jackson stands before a cake provided by friends for her 100th birthday. 

Courtesy ACCW

Giny Jackson stands before a cake provided by friends for her 100th birthday. 

A former international concerns chair for the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, Giny Jackson escaped from communist territory after World War II and has always been mindful of people in need. 

For many years, she maintained connections with the Little Sisters of St. Francis in Zambia and gathered donations for water and other supplies for their convent and school. 

She served on the board of the National Council of Catholic Women; in 1964, they invited Mother Teresa of Kolkata to come to their convention, which was held in Texas. Jackson treasured the experience and her encounter with the future saint. 

Every two years, ACCW in the Archdiocese of Portland chooses an outstanding member to honor as a “Woman of Achievement.” Jackson was one of the first. 

In 1951, when her family moved to Oregon, their first parish was St. Anthony in Waldport. Fellow parishioners, the De Santis family, asked her to be godmother for their daughter, Joanie. The two have been lifelong friends.

Joanie De Santis Gilbert and her sister, Mary Howard, hosted Jackson’s birthday party, held at Xavier’s restaurant in Gresham. It included neighbors from St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Waldport, Portland and many ACCW members. Her Czechoslovakian accent intact after 70 years, her delight in reaching 100, her diminutive stature and her lifetime of accomplishments seemed to make everyone happy to be there.