Dianna M. Bassett

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Mrs. Dianna Marie Bassett, age 51, of Rutland and formerly of Proctorsville, Vermont, passed away Sept. 11, 2018, at home, surrounded by loved ones and family, after a four-year battle with cancer.
She was born June 14, 1967, in Flagstaff, Arizona, daughter of James Walker and Sally (Stocker) Walker.
Dianna married Robert Allan Bassett on Oct. 2, 1999, a second marriage for both Dianna and Robert. This created a family of five with daughters Samantha, Michaela, and stepson Daniel. The family resided in Rutland.
Dianna graduated from Green Mountain Union High School in 1985. She continued her education at the University of Vermont and graduated with a B.S. in Nursing in 1989. Dianna later completed her Master's in Nursing Education at the University of Phoenix.
During Dianna's nursing career, she worked at the Vermont Achievement Center, Rutland Area Visiting Nurses, Vermont Department of Health and lastly, Stafford Technical Center (STC) as the health careers program instructor. While at STC, Dianna found her true calling. She loved teaching students about health and skills to become Licensed Nursing Assistants. Many of her graduates went on to become college students and start careers in health care and related fields. This legacy will be experienced for decades to come in Rutland and beyond.
Dianna was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland where she was heavily involved. She taught Sunday school, read readings during services, hosted coffee hours and was a member of the vestry. She also attended A Course in Miracles at the Right to Wellness Center on West Street. In her free time, she enjoyed baking, crafting, hiking, exercising, gardening and her dogs.
Surviving her are her husband, Mr. Robert A. Bassett, of Rutland, Vermont; her daughter, Samantha Butler, of Island Pond, Vermont; her daughter, Michaela Butler and her husband, Joseph Rung, of Rochester, New York; and her stepson, Daniel Bassett and his wife, Aisha, of Williston, Vermont. She left behind three siblings Leo Walker, of Friendswood, Texas, Michael Walker and his wife, Renee, plus their three daughters Hannah and Rebecca, of Rancho Cordova, California, and Kayla Flaherty, of Westford, Massachusetts; also Elizabeth Salisbury and her husband, James, of Springfield, Vermont; as well as a niece Kayla Flaherty-Dawson, of Westford, Massachusetts. Dianna was predeceased by both of her parents James and Sally Walker.
A celebration of Dianna's life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at 4 p.m. for friends and family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts; or Hike for Mental Health, her brother Leo's nonprofit.
Arrangements are by the Clifford Funeral Home.
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Published in Rutland Herald from Sept. 13 to Sept. 14, 2018