Sandusky has lost a local leader.
Shirley Jackson, secretary for the local NAACP, died late this week after suffering a massive heart attack, said those who knew her.
"She and I have worked very closely together over the past 18 months," said Ida Alexander, president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
"She was a true professional," Alexander said. "She was a pillar of this community and her presence will be greatly missed."
Jackson also served as church clerk and recording secretary for the pastor at Providence Baptist Church on Dixie Avenue in Searsville.
Deacon Earl Brown of Providence said he was shocked to hear Jackson suffered a heart attack.
"We had just been together Sunday," Brown said, recalling a church trip to worship with another congregation. Brown said Jackson was tired, but seemed upbeat.
"She looked normal," he said. "It's just shocking that it happened."
Jackson was only in her 50s when she suffered a fatal heart attack.
"I've known Shirley most of my life," said Joyce Brown, Earl's wife. Joyce Brown is the unit coordinator and publicity officer for the local NAACP.
Joyce Brown remembers Jackson's commitment to family and strong and independent spirit.
"She will get the job done and she's gonna do it her way," Joyce Brown said.
"She's a mover and a shaker," Deacon Brown added.