Mrs. Bassett was born July 24, 1931, in Circleville, Kan., and moved in 1951 to Delano, where she worked as an administrative assistant for Southern California Edison. She married and raised five children on the Bassett farm east of Delano. She also worked as secretary of the First United Methodist Church of Delano.
Survivors include two sons, Alan Bassett, and his wife, Deanna, of Delano and Brian Bassett, and his wife, Maria, of Tracy; a son-in-law, Robert Sayer of Superior, Colo.; four siblings, Rex Kauffman, and his wife, Diana, of Bakersfield, Ned Kauffman, and his wife, Glenna, of Topeka, Kan., Ted Kauffman, and his wife, Pat, of Lolo, Mont., and Linda English of Bakersfield; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband of 56 years, Robert Bassett; three daughters, Beth Bassett, Gail Keefauver and Gwen Sayer; her parents, Harvey and Macle Kauffman; and two siblings, Maxine Meyer and Ray Kauffman.
The celebration of Mrs. Bassett’s life will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at North Kern Cemetery, 627 Austin St., in Delano.
Contributions in her name may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or www.alz.org; or the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Ste. 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or www.phassociation.org/Donate.
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