The Jazz Legacy of Jim Pepper: An American Original

IN MEMORIAM: FLOY PEPPER (3/1/1917 – 6/11/2010)

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FLOY PEPPER, Jim Pepper’s mother, passed away today, June 11, 2010. The Pepper family has asked that remembrances of Floy be in the form of donations made to:

Memory of Jim Pepper Remembrance, LLC
2200 SW Scenic Dr.
Portland, OR

Donations will be contributed to the Jim Pepper Remembrance Scholarship Fund at Portland (Oregon) State University.

She was a warm, welcoming, and inspiring spirit, beloved by all who met her. She was also a great fan of her son Jim’s work, as evidenced by her clear enjoyment of the accolades in his memory at a tribute that opened the 2005 Portland Jazz Festival.

Floy Pepper (March 14, 1917 - June 11, 2010)

Written by Bill Siegel

June 11, 2010 at 9:40 pm

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  1. Just found out that Jim’s mother Floy died some three weeks ago. I remember seeing the online documentary on YouTube on Jim’s life and being very impressed with this strong woman: full of life, conviction, stories and the love for her son, the great Jim Pepper. Mother and son are now reunited. And her legacy and his music will live on forever. God bless!

    Job Verweijen

    July 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

  2. I just found out about 2 weeks ago.. That Jim’s Mom passed away a while back.. I made a phone call to the only number that I had for her.. And her Son in Law answered the phone and said that she had passed away. I was Floys caregiver for quite sometime. Until I was in an automobile accident 8/6/2006. We talked on the phone . But My husband was in a motorcycle accident 6/20/2007. And I was taking care of him and still am taking care of him.. And did not have much time to do anything else.. And for that I regret. Because there were numerous days that I thought of Floy and wanted to go and visit with her.. But didn’t and for that I am ashamed. I did not get the opportunity to meet Jim her son. But through the stories that Floy use to share with me and the Music of Jims that she shared with me.. I feel that I knew him well. Floy is going to be missed by many. I know I am going to really miss her. She was not only full of life, She had alot of love and understanding to share with others. And she would always lend a listening ear when something was bothering me.. And for that I was totally greatful.

    Gail Boggs

    September 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    • Gail,
      That’s a very sad, very human, and very blessed story. You are truly lucky to have had your path cross with Mrs Pepper’s for so long. I met her a few times, and she was a truly remarkable woman. Don’t be sad about any missed opportunities — be glad for the ones you actually received. I would very much like to hear or read some of the stories she told you about Jim and his music — it would be a tremendous addition to my own research, if you feel like sharing. Thank you!
      – Bill

      Bill Siegel

      July 7, 2011 at 9:29 am

  3. I’m so sorry that Floy’s passing escaped me until now. She was a great inspiration in the field of American Indian education, and I enjoyed the many hours I spent with her and Gilbert years ago. She was proud of her son Jim’s work, of course, but her own work was just as impressive. I still enjoy the CD of Jim’s music that I got at one of the Oregon Indian Education Association conferences; she brought them along to every one. The scholarship she set up through OIEA for graduating Indian seniors is in Jim’s name, continuing his and her recognition for a long time.

    Ann Goddard

    July 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

  4. I met Floy when she taught class at PSU grad school. Guess she liked something in me and was hired to work for her in emotionally disturbed classroom up until she retired. A few times Jim would be sub aide if needed and he was in town. I’d send him down to music class at school I taught, so I class could be exposed to real life gifted musician.
    Thought of her today as was making comment on forum about democratic classroom, Adlerian psych. I just loved that lady, best boss anyone could ever want. All of us teachers were family to her, used to drop by see her and Gil. I just found out here she is gone from the planet. Her legacy lives on.

    Laurance Emory

    August 31, 2015 at 7:23 am

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