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DiVincenzo, Prudence

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November 18, 1934 - September 18, 2014

DiVincenzo, Prudence

Prudence Assaf DiVincenzo passed away September 18th at her home surrounded by her daughter, friends and beloved Golden Retriever.

Pru was the daughter of Foet and Juanita Assaf and grew up in McComb, Mississippi. In the early 1950’s, she was a fixture on the McComb High School football field where she led the marching band as drum majorette. Pru attended LSU where she earned a BS in Education.  She continued her twirling career as head majorette.  She also met and married 1956 undefeated champion boxer, Crowe Peele.  They had one daughter, Robbi Peele. In the early 1960’s, Pru and Robbi moved to New York City where Pru worked as a legal secretary.  She married a second time to architect, Tito DiVincenzo.  They remained married until his death in 1983 from lung cancer. Pru founded The Tapestry Tent, a national hand-painted needlepoint wholesale company and a retail outlet on Madison Avenue on Manhattan’s upper east side.  She was the sole designer. Later, she combined her artistic and culinary talents as a caterer and event planner in Dallas, Texas in the 1980’s where she founded Putting On The Ritz.  She dazzled clients with her ability to make every event a feast for the eye and the palate for the next twenty five years. Even when arthritis forced Pru to retire from catering, she continued to work.  She returned to her love of the legal profession and learned the skill of scoping so that she could do courtroom  transcription. Over the years. Pru spent much of her time visiting her daughter in Paris, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  She had hoped to visit her in her new home In south Florida, but her battle with lung cancer prevented the trip.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Lung Cancer Alliance https://donate.lungcanceralliance.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298. American Cancer Society https://donate.cancer.org/index Humane Society of the United States https://m.secure.humanesociety.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=918D1D719507429664E963B2B0E3D55B.app304b?idb=434473461&df_id=1505&1505.donation=form1 Or to the no-kill rescue or shelter of your choice.

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Patsy Vanlandingham Bostick

November 09, 2014 4:29PM

I have known Pru since grade school.
She was a exceptional person;loved by all,and particularly the Class of 1952. She will always be remembered.


Leona Yooper

September 24, 2014 8:41PM

Pru and I were cyber friends and played games together on line. She was the nicest, kindest, classiest and most caring person. I have missed her and my heart is broken over her passing. My condolences to her family and friends


Maurine Allen

September 23, 2014 10:44PM

Pru, we spent the past 40 years as friends and fellow co-workers in the needlepoint business and the event business in Dallas. Please know you have always been loved.