Louise Jones McKinney, a respected leader of Seattle's African-American community, passed away Wednesday, according to an announcment from the church where her husband served as pastor for more than 40 years.
McKinney, former First Lady of Mount Zion Baptist Church, turned 82 last month and continued to worship regularly with her husband, Pastor Emeritus Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney.
"Now that she is no longer with us, we celebrate her legacy and have an obligation to work diligently to make sure that her commitment to education continues to be at the heart of our mission as a church," said the church's senior pastor, Rev. Aaron Williams.
The wake will be held Thursday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Seattle Town Hall (1119 8th Ave.). The memorial service will be held on Friday, August 31 at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church (1634 19th Ave. in Seattle).
In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the Mount Zion Baptist Church Scholarship Ministry in honor of Louise Jones McKinney.