Joan Bridge Baez: What happened to Joan Baez’s mother?

Joan Bridge Baez

Joan Bridge Baez was the mother of Joan Baez and the wife of Albert Baez. Joan Bridge Baez’s daughter is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and activist. Her contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest and social justice. Her husband Albert was a Mexican-American physicist. He is credited for making important contributions to the early development of X-ray microscopes, X-ray optics, and later X-ray telescopes.

Joan Bridge Baez: Bio Summary

Full NameJoan Bridge Baez
other namesJoan Senior or “Big Joan”
famous as*Joan Baez’s mother
*wife of Albert Baez
Age 100 years old at the time of death
Date of Birth11 Apr 1913
Place of BirthEdinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death20 Apr 2013, Woodside, San Mateo County, California, USA
Zodiac signAries
Nationalityscottish
EthnicityCaucasian
Children Pauline Baez, Mimi Fariña, Joan Baez
spouse Albert Baez (m. 1936-2007)

Who was Joan Baez’s mother?

Joan Bridge Baez was born on 11 April 1913 in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland. She was the daughter of Scottish minister William Henry Bridge and Pauline Bridge Henderson. She was the second daughter of the English Anglican priest who claimed to be descended from the Dukes of Chandos.

Big Joan’s father was a minister at St. John’s Episcopal Church at the western extremity of Princes Street in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, where she was baptized.

Joan Bridge met her husband Albert Baez who is from Puebla, Mexico, and the son of a Methodist minister. The two love birds met at a high school dance in Madison, New Jersey, according to Paloaltoonline. The couple went on to get married in 1936 and became Quakers, moving around the world, where her husband Albert, later known to his students as “Professor Al” or amicably as “Popsy,” worked for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as a professor of physics.

Joan Bridge and her husband had three children: Pauline Baez, Joan, and Mimi (Farina). The couple loved classical music, opera, and indeed all the arts, and their daughters grew up in that environment. All three girls showed interest in music.

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On a visit to Scotland during a UK tour during which she performed at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, Joan Baez said in an interview: “My mom left Scotland when she was an infant. When I arrived in Scotland, I called her to ask about her father, my grandfather, and his being a minister who had preached somewhere in Edinburgh. She said: ‘Oh, yes, it’s a little church at the bottom of what I think is called Princes Street.‘”

She continued -“So I went from the top of Princes Street and walked down,” the singer went on. “When I hit the bottom, there was this giant cathedral. I called home again and my mother said: ‘Oh, yes, that’s where Daddy preached.’ It turned out it was the early 19th Century St John’s Episcopal Church with its Gothic towers and spires.

Joan Bridge Baez was a lifelong anti-war activist

Joan Baez’s mother was a lifelong anti-war activist, often demonstrating alongside Martin Luther King Jr, during the American civil rights campaign of the 1960s per Heraldscotland. Among the highlights of their lives together, it was reported that the “two Joans” were arrested after helping to block a doorway into a U. S. Air Force induction center in Oakland in October 1967, a time when American involvement in the Vietnam War was escalating.

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What happened to Joan Baez’s mother?

Shortly before she died, Joan Bridge Baez wrote the following: “When I join the Heavenly band … friends who want to celebrate my new adventure, please gather round.

Don’t grieve, for it’s only a worn-out body that’s leaving and the memory of any sad times goes with it. The good memories are in my spirit and my spirit is with you today. I’m in your midst, for there’s nothing more valuable to me than to be with you, my beloved family and my gracious friends. Take a moment for silence and wish me well. I’ll hear you. Then make the bottles pop. You know I love champagne almost as much as I love you! Big Joan.

Joan Baez’s mother on 20 Apr 2013 at the age of 100 at her home in Woodside, San Mateo County, California, USA. Joan Bridge Baez’s husband Albert died in 2007. Her youngest daughter Mimi died in 2001. She is survived by her daughters Joan and Pauline, two grandsons, one granddaughter, and one great-granddaughter.

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