Mrs. Mary J. Bassett, age 65 of Newaygo, died Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at her home in Croton Twp.. She was born Mary Jean Austin in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Mae (Paige) and Tilman Austin on July 11, 1943. She married Robert Bassett on August 29, 1959 in Coral. She was in Sales/Retail for 10 years for Meijer until 1975. She was the former Deputy Clerk Croton Township; Election Board Chairperson; and loved her summer home at Torch Lake.

She is survived by her husband Robert Bassett of Newaygo, her children Cynthia (Christopher) Merrow of Grant, Robert (Vicky) Bassett, Jr. of Petoskey, Michael (Sheila) Bassett of Newaygo, Barbie (Rick) Bassett of Newaygo, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, her parents Tilman & Mae Austin of Grand Rapids, her sisters Irene Cerwinski of Lowell, Arlene Sleaziac of Belmont, Joan Eastman of Wyoming.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM from the McKinley Newaygo Chapel, on Saturday, August 16, 2008 with Pastor Arnie Guikema officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. For Memorials please consider the Harbor Hospice of Michigan, Muskegon. Please sign the online guest at www.mckinleyfuneral.com.

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Magallon Family
Friday August 15, 2008
14:23:11

There will come a day when the tears of sorrow will softly flow into tears of remembrance...and your heart will begin healing itself...and grieving will be interrupted by episodes of joy...and you will hear the whisper of hope. There will come a day when you will welcome the tears of remembrance...as a sun shower of the soul...a turning of the tide...a promise of peace. There will come a day when you will...risk loving...go on believing...and treasure the tears of remembrance. All those sleeping in their graves will wake up and sing for joy. As the sparkling dew refreshes the earth, so the Lord will revive those who have long been dead."-Isa. 26:19.

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George Jingles
Sunday August 17, 2008
11:28:59

To Family and Friend of Mary, My sympathies, Mary worked for me at the Newaygo County Sportsman's Club in the 1990's as a Waitress, we enjoyed her wit and humor, she will be missed.

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Evan Force
Thursday August 21, 2008
13:24:46

I'm sorry to hear that Mary has left us - she was one of the nicest ladies I've ever met. I worked with her at the Croton Galley in the early 80's. My condolences to Cindi, Bob, Mike and Barbie.

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Newaygo Class of 1982
Saturday August 23, 2008
14:29:08

Please except our deepest sympathies for the loss of your mother.

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Judy Newberry
Wednesday September 10, 2008
15:07:32

My thoughts and prayers are with each of you in this time of great loss. It has taken a little time for me to be able to write this as Mary was such a special person to me. She was not only a friend, but one of those soul sisters that a person only gets once in a lifetime. She was kind, gentle, caring and full of life!! She never meet a stranger and she loved everyone. From the day I meant her until the day she parted from us she was special not only to myself but to so many people. I wish I would have known her my whole life, but I thank God for the time that I did know her. You must all be so proud to have had such a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. I will miss talking Nascar with her, but she is talking the talk with #3 everyday now, that I am positive. God Bless each of you!!

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