The Lovely Suzanne, Remembered in the Words of Those Who Knew Her

Over the last month, Portlanders have been grieving the loss of Suzanne Hale, the larger-than-life materfamilias of the longstanding 24-hour diner, the Roxy. Hale — the Lovely Suzanne — died in her sleep November 8, mere months after closing the Roxy in downtown Portland; the loss of both Hale and her haven has been felt by those who knew her not just as the boisterous, welcoming face of the Roxy, but as a chosen parent, a fervent ally, a friend, a guide. Outside her work at the Roxy, Hale served on the Imperial Sovereign Rose Court, an LGBTQ community organization, as Rose Empress, and co-organized the Portland Gay Pride

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