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Genola Mae "Kemo" Vaughn

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Genola Mae "Kemo" Vaughn Obituary
Vaughn, Genola Mae (Kemo)
joined the heavenly choir on Christmas day 2015. Born in La Salle, Ill. to Elmer and Flora Lindenmuth on April 30, 1934, in her early twenties she joined an all-girl band that toured the mid-west and western states before landing in Anchorage for two years. She became known by a stage name of Kemo and continued under that name after the band broke up. She became a fixture on the piano-bar circuit in Phoenix in the late sixties. She was remarkable as she knew thousands of songs by heart and had the ability to change keys on almost every song which made the singer sound better. She was quick-witted and very social and frequently would carry on a conversation while playing a song. She and her dear friend Naomi played for Sing-a-long at the Beatitudes Campus for the past 16 years. She is survived by her husband Thomas, two daughters Christine Nelson and Laurie Nelson, one son Will Pettycrew, three grandsons Eric and Tyler Nelson and Daniel Faulkner-Nelson, one granddaughter Casey Nelson-Raetz, and one great grandson, Kaine Nelson. She donated her body to science and after her remains are cremated they will be sprinkled in the Pacific ocean - a place she loved. The family is planning a Celebration of her Life event in late January.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 10, 2016
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