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Mother of Joan Baez dies at 100

Original post made on Apr 25, 2013

Woodside resident Joan Chandos Baez, the mother of famed folk singer and Woodside resident Joan Baez, died at home on Saturday, April 20, just a few days after her 100th birthday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 25, 2013, 9:39 AM

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Posted by Garden Gnome
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:16 am

Had the good fortune to meet her many, many years ago at an event put on by daughter Mimi which included a performance by daughter Joan.

Truly a lovely lady... best wishes to the family.

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:37 am

What a lovely woman! She looks like a real live wire--a renaissance woman-- that look in her eyes! A little bit of joy,a little bit of "your not gong to push me around", and that slightly mischievous look just around the edges.

The sweet life-the joy, the sorrow, the bliss and pain--all of so slow, and simply a blur from afar, like to so many rapids it roars--then,, floating gently down the stream...surrounded by...light...

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Posted by Denise
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

So sorry for your loss

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Posted by GrandmaKK
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:51 am

Joan Sr and I took writing classes together for several years. She often commented privately to me about my memoirs, telling me similar tales of her own family. We also regularly ran into each other at the Cambridge post office when we both lived in that area, as well as through Joan Jr's organization where I volunteered.

I am thrilled to hear she made her 100th birthday, and sad to hear she is gone.

Rest in peace.

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Posted by GrandmaKK
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm

BTW, Dave Boyce, the article you quoted said there were 150 people at her party, not 50.

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Posted by Social Butterfly
a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 28, 2013 at 4:12 am

Her spirit danced around you in your meeting her...RIP sweet lady~

You will be missed here...

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Posted by Gabriel C Banda
a resident of another community
on Dec 31, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Sorry, I just came to the news of the transition late. Mama Joan Chandos Baez Senior contributed in large measure to the world and us, through various things, amongst them inspiring some songs Joan Baez did. Through Joan Baez Jr, and as her team mate, Joan Senior's Life goes on, reaching us, near and far, and into other generations. Thanks for her Life. Thanks for Joan Baez. Thanks for touching our lives. Let the memories of her good deeds heal and nourish us. Thank You. Gabriel, Lusaka, Zambia

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Posted by David R. Henderson
a resident of another community
on Jan 2, 2015 at 7:38 am

I met Joan once, at the home of Kay Boyle in San Francisco, in about April 1980. She, Kay, and the woman I was dating at the time, Victoria Varga, were just finishing a letter-writing meeting for Amnesty International. At the time, President Carter had decided to let in the people who were escaping from Cuba. Many right wingers had attacked him for letting in criminals, and Joan and I decried that. I pointed out that Ronald Reagan, then running for the Republican nomination and in the lead, had refused to attack Carter. His line was, if I recall correctly, "When people are jumping out of a burning building, you don't insist on seeing their IDs before you save them." Joan hadn't heard that line. We both liked it.

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