Jeanne Bachrach Kimball, 96, a former longtime Westport resident known locally for her musical talent and interests, died Dec. 30, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn.

Born and raised in West Newton, Mass., she was the daughter of Dorothy Keyes and Louis Fabian Bachrach. She majored in music at Radcliffe College, graduating in 1936, and spent the rest of her life involved in musical pursuits.

She moved to Westport in 1953 with her husband, the late Fred Kimball, who she met at a Unitarian church camp when they were 17. He died in 1994.

In the mid-1950s, she founded the Westport Madrigal Singers and the choir at the Unitarian Church in Westport. She directed both groups for more than 30 years. She also led the Pitchpipers, a women's choral group who sing in nursing homes.

A singing teacher and vocal coach, she served on the board of the Connecticut Alliance for Music and was involved in the group's annual Young Artist's Competition.

In 1998, the town of Westport honored her with the Arts Heritage Award for her contribution to the community's cultural life.

She also was an avid gardener, flower arranger, cook, seamstress, and enjoyed sailing with her husband on Long Island Sound.

Survivors include her daughters, Joy Imboden Overstreet of Vancouver, Wash., Faith Lyons of Plainville, Mass., and Holly Tashian of Nashville, Tenn.; grandchildren Heather and Ethan Imboden, Wylie Overstreet, Daniel and Carl Tashian; two great-grandsons, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, the photographers Fabian and Bradford Bachrach.

A memorial service will take place April 2 at the Unitarian Church in Westport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made be made either to the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT 06880, or to the Unitarian Universalist Association, 25 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108. Condolences and remembrances can be e-mailed to Faith Lyons at