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Jenny Vincent

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Legendary Taos folk singer, Jenny Vincent died on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2016 at the age of 103 in the arms of her loving granddaughter, Debi.  Vincent was well known in Taos County as a teacher and political activist.  She is credited for helping to preserve many Hispanic folk songs at a time when administrators pushed for assimilation. Born April 22, 1913 in Minnesota and raised in Chicago, Jenny Vincent was educated at a progressive private school and Vassar College.  Introduced to international folk music at an early age, she remained a performer and champion of this “music of the people.”  She is preceded in death by her husband, Craig Vincent.  She is survived by sons, Lawrence Vincent (Maria), Michael DiSanti (Leigh Riley) and Dimian DiSanti (Flora Lucero), daughter, Wendy Unsworth (Leon), grandchildren, Fabian Vincent (Buck Adams), Deborah Vincent (Javier Abad), Erik Riley DiSanti and Samantha Riley DiSanti, Lori and Lane Unsworth, great-grandchildren, Sebastian and Uma, numerous other great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
 
Memorial Service will be announced. Arrangements by Rivera Family Funeral Home.  
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Name Jenny Vincent
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Date of Death May 8th, 2016
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Location 818 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur
Taos NM 87571
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Philip Beck published condolence .

Just learned of Jenny's passing. She was a friend of my grandmother and grandfather and a family friend ant she considered my mother and her two sisters as her daughters. I saw her last when she was 98. I hope that I have not missed her memorial service. I know she will be missed forever by the people of Taos. Philip Beck Boulder, Colorado

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Christinemartinez published condolence .

Jenny's such a marvelous person. God bless all of you and Give you peahen this time of grieving.

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Molly Mcintosh published condolence .

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your contributions to bilingual education and the preservation of culture.

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Roberta Gallegos Jones published condolence .

I've known this beautiful woman since I was 8 years old. She encouraged my sisters and I to sing at an early age and even has an early recording of us somewhere. She was at our school every week with her box of instruments and taught us all different folk songs that I know none of us would have ever heard if it hadn't been for her. She also taught us how to sing in rounds. I think of her now whenever I hear, "Sweet Betsy From Pike", "The Kookaburra Song", "Michael Rowed The Boat Ashore", "Sleep My Child And Peace Attend Thee", "Waltzing Matilda", "Alouette Gentille Alouette", "Frere Jacques", "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and so many more! My sisters and I used to sing my favorite rounds song "Hey Ho, Anybody Home" and others walking home from our bus stop. Thank you, Mrs. Jenny Vincent for our forever memories. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of the Cerro school children growing up! I know my sisters and I will forever love you!

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