(internationally known symphonic conductor, led 1978 NWMF all-female orchestra)
Died August 1989 in Denver, Colorado (natural causes at age 87)
(writer, lecturer, poet, educator, lesbian-feminist/racial activist)
Died November 1992 in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (breast cancer).
(jazz musician, jazz-women advocate, radio host, Living With Lesbians album)
Died August 2010 in Woodstock, New York (liver disease).
BONNIE KOVALEFF BLACKFOOT
(trumpet player, Baba Yaga & early Olivia Records)
Died December 1997 in Portland, Oregon (AIDS/Hepatitus C).
(Gulf Coast festival producer, lesbian-feminist-economic activist)
Died February 2008 in Dumas, Arkansas (colon cancer).
(musician, arranger, bandleader, Isis & Goldie and the Gingerbreads)
Died March 2007 in Wilmington, Delaware (liver disease).
(banjo/guitar player, singer-songwriter, record company owner)
Died February 2004 in Maui, Hawaii (car accident).
(concert producer, doctor, pro-choice activist)
Died July 1998 in Madison, Wisconsin (brain cancer).
(MichFest worker, exec director Vancouver Folk Music Festival)
Died August 2015 in Halfmoon Bay, BC, Canada (complications from Alzheimers)
("Sugar Mama" singer-songwriter, "Varied Voices of Black Women" tour)
Died January 2015 in Santa Rosa, California (complications from gall bladder surgery).
JERENE O'BRIEN JACKSON
(guitar player, BeBe K'Roche & early Olivia Records, big band leader)
Died July 2003 in Los Angeles (cause of death?).
(early women's music financial supporter and promoter)
Died October 1996 in Lincoln, Nebraska (heart attack).
(Mountain Moving Coffeehouse concert producer, HOT WIRE staffer)
Died April 2004 in Chicago, Illinois (heart attack).
(poet, performer, educator, journalist, feminist/civil rights activist)
Died June 2002 in Berkeley, California (breast cancer).
(musician, composer, writer, choral director, conductor, priestess, HOT WIRE writer)
Died August 2003 in Bangor, Maine (heart attack).
(HOT WIRE cartoonist, writer, performer, first woman in printing trade union in Pacific NW)
Died October 2001 in San Francisco (breast cancer).
(musician, singer-songwriter, 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee)
Died April 1997 in Danbury, Connecticut (ovarian cancer).
(singer-songwriter, photographer, pioneering activist for LGBT little people)
Died January 2015 in Chicago, Illinois (long-term complications from strokes).
(music journalist, editor of Bitch Rock Mag With Bite)
Died November 1991 in Santa Clara, California (lupus).
(singer- songwriter, progressive activist)
Died (pancreatic cancer) March 1978 in Berkeley, California.
(musician, New Harmony Sisterhood Band, LGBT theater supporter)
Died March 2015 in Cambridge, Massachusetts (hit by truck while riding bike).
(writer, lecturer, activist, early Ms. Magazine editor)
Died September 2004 in Oakland, California (prolonged illnesses).
MARY PAT HUGHES
(sax player, 2 Funkin' Heavy)
Died June 1999 in Baltimore, Maryland (leukemia).
(singer-songwriter: "Amazon," festival emcee)
Died August 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico (lung and heart ailments).
(Artemis Singers, HOT WIRE staffer)
Died February 2008 in Chicago, Illinois (breast cancer).
MICHFEST NIGHTSTAGE STAGE-RIGHT MAPLE TREE
Felled by a storm in 2006 on the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival land.
(writer, musican Deadly Nightshade, Cactus Rose)
Died July 2015 in Miami, Florida (heart attack)
(poet, performer, HOT WIRE writer)
Died June 1989 in Oakland, California (breast cancer).
(BeBe K'Roche co-founder, bass player)
Died April 2009 in California (cause of death?).
(singer, actor, writer, progressive activist)
Died June 2015 in Mill Valley, California (natural causes at age 88).
(founder/producer Rosetta Records, jazz/blues herstorian, HOT WIRE writer)
Died November 2008 in Manhattan, New York (cardiopulmonary issues).
(concert producer, music publisher, archivist, LGBT-feminist activist)
Died October 2009 in West Palm Beach, Florida (progressive supranuclear palsy).
(oldest lesbian attending festivals at age 99)
Died October 2000 in Detroit, Michigan (natural causes at age 101).
(sign language interpreter, NWMF board member)
Died July 2015 while in Brazil (pancreatic cancer)
("Face the Music" feminist-radio host)
Died November 2007 in Worcester, Massachusetts (unexpectedly after back surgery).
(poet, conference organizer, HOT WIRE writer, activist)
Died November 1995 in Berlin, Michigan (murder? suicide? no consensus).
(singer-songwriter, sound engineer, "Voice of Michigan" emcee, composer)
Died March 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio (multiple sclerosis).
TONI ARMSTRONG SR.
(HOT WIRE worker, early-years "festival mom," Amazon Clubhouse co-host)
Died December 2012 Riviera Beach, Florida (natural causes at age 87).
(NYC record distributor, concert producer, artist)
Died January 2015 in San Francisco, California (pancreatic cancer).
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