Flora Bass

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Flora Bass died peaceably in her own home on June 1, 2014 of natural causes at age 65 in Hobbs, NM.

Flora was born in Watertown, NY to Clarence L. Bass and Mary Lou (Kirschke) Bass. Her parents were circus performers and Flora was raised in a circus environment and educated by her parents while traveling across the country. She led a very interesting childhood and loved to tell stories about it. Flora attended and completed high school in Hobbs, NM and then went to the Hotel Dieu School of Nursing in El Paso, TX, shortly after nursing school Flora joined the Army and furthered her nursing career. She worked in Labor and Delivery and then in Neo-natal care before retirement. Her love of animals, gained while in the circus, led to a lifetime of caring for sick and injured friends of nature.

Flora received multiple awards throughout her academic, military and civilian life. Flora showed many talents and skills in her sewing, drawing and creating gifts by hand.

A woman of faith, she could always be found in her favorite seat at church. She proved to be a great friend, daughter, sister and aunt.

Flora is survived by her sisters, Bernice Smith of Winterville, North Carolina and Jean Pershica of Durant, Oklahoma; brothers, WR Holland of San Antonio, Texas, Paul Holland of San Antonio, Texas, Ray Cox of Jefferson, Texas, Utah Cox of Durant, Oklahoma and Lester Cox of Spanaway, Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 PM Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Bokchito Cemetery in Bokchito with Bishop Jonathan Mason officiating.

Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at

Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Oklahoma.

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Holmes~Coffey ~ Murray Funeral Home - Durant
121 N. 5th Ave.
Durant, OK 74701
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Published in Durant Daily Democrat from June 27 to June 28, 2014
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