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Judith Ann “Columbia Gypsy” Gennett

  • Birth 15 Nov 1950 Alabama, USA
  • Death 24 Nov 2011 The Dalles, Wasco County, Oregon, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: With husband
  • Memorial ID 90769033

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Thank you to each and every person that leaves flowers, every token is greatly appreciated!

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In loving memory of
JUDITH ANN GENNETT
a.k.a. Columbia Gypsy,
Dedicated Find-A-Grave volunteer and loyal friend...


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To view Judith's contributions to our Find A Grave community, please visit her member page under her alias Columbia Gypsy

Kind and Generous
My Thank You Song

A special thank you to Big Ern for generously and thoughtfully sponsoring Judith's memorial...

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PSU Vanguard
December 1, 2011
by Joshua Hunt


Longtime DJ died of cancer on Thanksgiving day

Staff and volunteers at Portland State's student-run radio station are reeling from the death of longtime KPSU DJ Judith Gennett, who died of cancer on Thanksgiving morning.
Friends and colleagues at KPSU say they will celebrate Gennett's memory the best way that they know how—through music. On Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. KPSU will broadcast a memorial radio program for Gennett at kpsu.org and 98.1 FM.
Gennett's involvement in college and community radio dates back to 1995, and she had been involved with KPSU since 2002.
Vicky Mazzone, a KPSU DJ since 1996, remembers her colleague fondly.
"She was a great fixture at KPSU, and she hosted two shows for a very long time," Mazzone said. "Very different shows. Judith hosted the Raggle Taggle Gypsy, a Euro-folk music show, and Suspect Terrane, which featured Euro heavy metal."
Gennett was one of PSU's many non–degree-seeking students, having earned her Ph.D. in geology from Texas A&M University in 1993.
"She was a student DJ at KPSU, taking language classes in Norwegian and French," Mazzonne said. "She was a student in the true sense of the word—she took language classes because they interested her, and it was part of her family's heritage."
Family history was one of Gennett's many hobbies, according to her personal web page, which she used to document her own family lineage as far back as 1683. She also had a strong interest in wine, geology and translating books from Norwegian into English.
Colleagues say Gennett's eclectic tastes were reflected in her music collection as well.
"I would ‘steal' a lot of music from her amazing program," said Jessica Inman, host of KPSU's Uncle Larry's Kilt-Lifter Extravaganza program. "I loved her show and I had many interesting and really awesome conversations with her about European folk music. I will miss those conversations and her smiling and welcoming face."
Former KPSU Programming Director Cody Austin Rich recalled Gennett's enthusiasm for sharing all kinds of music with the PSU community.
"When I took over as programming director in 2004, one of my goals was to expand our schedule with new shows," Rich said. "Judith volunteered to host another show, Suspect Terrane, a show that featured folk and metal. She took that kind of attitude with everything she did at KPSU, and the station will feel a great loss in her absence."
Gennett lived with her family in the Dalles, and drove to Portland in order to take classes and host her radio programs at KPSU. While her colleagues say they admired her commitment to community radio, and her enthusiasm for both education and music, Vicky Mazzonne best summed up how her absence will be felt at KPSU.
"I'm going to miss her presence around the station," Mazzonne said. "I'm going to miss her voice on the air."

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Lyrics to "Kind & Generous"

You've been so kind and generous
I don't know how you keep on giving
For your kindness I'm in debt to you
For your selflessness, my admiration
And for everything you've done

You know I'm bound...
I'm bound to thank you for it

You've been so kind and generous
I don't know how you keep on giving
For your kindness I'm in debt to you
And I never could have come this far without you
So for everything you've done

You know I'm bound...
I'm bound to thank you for it

I want to thank you
For so many gifts
You gave with love and tenderness
I want to thank you

I want to thank you
For your generosity
The love and the honesty
That you gave me

I want to thank you
Show my gratitude
My love and my respect for you
I want to thank you

I want to...

Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Judith Ann “Columbia Gypsy” Gennett (15 Nov 1950–24 Nov 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 90769033, ; Maintained by 天使 (contributor 47551132) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, who reports a With husband.