AUDRE LORDE (writer, lecturer, poet, activist)
Passed away (breast cancer) November 1992 in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
BONNIE KOVALEFF BLACKFOOT (trumpet player/Baba Yaga)
Passed away (AIDS) (when?) in
BRENDA HENSON (festival producer, Gulf Coast; activist)
Passed away (colon cancer) February 2008 in Dumas, Arkansas.
CAROL MacDONALD (musician/Isis, Goldie and the Gingerbreads)
Passed away (prolonged
illness) March 2007 in Wilmington, Delaware.
GINNI CLEMMENS (banjo/guitar player, songwriter, record company owner)
Passed away (car
accident) February 2004 in Maui, Hawaii.
ELIZABETH KARLIN (concert producer, doctor)
Passed away (brain cancer) July 1998 in Madison, Wisconsin.
JERENE (O'BRIEN) JACKSON (guitar player)
Passed away (cause of death?) in 2003 in (where?).
JOAN GIBSON (financial supporter, early women's music promoter)
Passed away (heart attack) in October 1996 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
JOY ROSENBLATT (concert producer, HOT WIRE staffer)
Passed away (heart attack) April 2004 in Chicago.
JUNE JORDAN (poet, performer, activist)
Passed away (breast cancer) June 2002 in Berkeley.
KAY GARDNER (musician, composer, writer, choral director, priestess, HOT WIRE staff writer)
Passed away (heart attack, died at home) August 2003 in Bangor, Maine.
LAURA NYRO (musician, songwriter)
Passed away (ovarian cancer) April 1997 in Danbury,
LORI TWERSKY (editor, Bitch Rock Mag With Bite)
Passed away (lupus complications) in 1991 in California.
MALVINA REYNOLDS (musician, songwriter, activist)
Passed away (pancreatic cancer) March
1978 in Berkeley.
MARGARET SLOAN-HUNTER (writer, lecturer, activist)
Passed away (prolonged illness) September 2004 in Oakland.
MARY PAT HUGHES (sax player, 2 Funkin' Heavy)
Passed away (leukemia) June 1999 in Baltimore.
MAXINE FELDMAN (musician, songwriter: "Amazon")
Passed away (lung and heart ailments)
August 2007 in Albuquerque.
MICHAELINE CHVATAL (Artemis Singers, HOT WIRE staffer)
Passed away (breast cancer) February 2008 in Chicago.
MICHFEST NIGHTSTAGE STAGE-RIGHT MAPLE TREE
Felled by a storm in 2006.
PAT PARKER (poet, performer, HOT WIRE contributor)
Passed away (breast cancer) June 1989 in Oakland.
ROSETTA REITZ (founder Rosetta Records, jazz/blues herstorian)
Passed away (cardiopulmonary
issues) November 2008 in New York.
RUTH ELLIS (oldest lesbian attending festivals)
Passed away (peacefully, in her sleep at age 101, during a week she had picked for departure) October 2000 in Detroit, Michigan.
SYLVIA MESERVY ("Face the Music" radio host)
Passed away (unexpectedly after back surgery)
November 2007 in Worcester, Mass.
TERRI JEWELL (writer, organizer, HOT WIRE staff writer)
Passed away (murder? suicide? we'll never know for sure) November 1995 in Michigan.
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There are gaps in what we know about the passing of some of these women.
If you know more, please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org