Karen Louise Bass
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March 28, 1936 - June 20, 2014
Karen Louise Bass, 78, of Nampa, passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014 at a care facility in Nampa. Karen was born to Woody and Jean Owen on March 28, 1936 in Nampa where she was reared and graduated from high school. After high school she graduated from Superior Beauty College in Nampa. She married Richard "Dick" Bass on October 15, 1965 and they made their home with their three boys on their ranch in Reynolds Creek, Murphy, Idaho for almost 35 years. After retiring from the ranch life, they moved to Homedale for a few years and then to Nampa.
Karen had many titles in her life and all of them she loved dearly. She was first of all a mother and ranch wife. She owned and operated a beauty salon in Marsing and then in Nampa for many years, she was a 4-H leader as her boys were growing up, a member and past President of the Idaho Cowbelles, a Host for the National Beef Cook Off and a member of the Wilson Sage Hens. During all of these years she had time for another passion, sewing. She became a Master Seamstress, second to none. She made beautiful leather pillows and chaps, western shirts for her boys and Dick that were better than store bought, gorgeous quilts, and well over a hundred blankets for Project Linus. This talent and love of hers leaves so many family and friends with handmade treasures that are cherished.
Karen is survived by her husband, Dick Bass, Nampa; her three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Sue Bass, Nampa (Zane, Zack and Sarah); Jim and Debbie Bass, Sterling, Alaska (Casey) and Bob and Deana Bass, Nampa (Sammie,Wade and Annie); eleven great grandchildren and her sister and brother-in-law, Marilee and Ron Wood, Meridian Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jon Owen and Pete Owen.
A funeral service to honor and celebrate her life will be held at 1 PM on Friday, June 27, 2014, at The Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel, 415 12th Ave. So., - 208-442-8171. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell. The family will greet loved ones and friends at the Nampa Funeral Home on Thursday evening, June 26, 2014 from 5 - 7 PM. An online guestbook is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com.
The family suggest memorials be made to the Boise Southwest Idaho Chapter Project Linus, (checks written to Project Linus) c/o Donna Aten, 11874 Altamont St., Caldwell, ID 83605 or the Nampa Elk's Lodge #1389, 1116 1st St. So., Nampa, Id 83651.
Nampa Funeral Home Yraguen Chapel
415 12th Avenue South
Nampa, ID 83651
Published in Idaho Press Tribune from June 24 to June 26, 2014