Roxane Marie BASDEN

Roxane "Rocky" Basden

Nov. 10, 1955 -

July 4, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Roxane "Rocky" Marie Basden (nee Shymansky) died on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

The daughter of Randolph "Randy" Shymansky and Sharon "Shareeka" (Otte) Shymansky, Roxane has been described by many who knew her well as a kind, sweet and gentle soul. She was motherly to all she met and never met a stranger.

Born in Washington D.C., Rocky spent the majority of her life, coincidentally, moving back and forth between the Lincoln Park neighborhoods of Springfield and Chicago. While in Chicago she helped care for her younger brothers and sisters: John Shymansky (whom she truly adored and who died in 1986), Linda of Florida, Katherine Shymansky Reed of Springfield and Mark "Boober" Shymansky of Florida. Growing up in Chicago she met the Moe family - Harold, Elma and Cindy. They were beacons of hope, joy and inspiration in her life. When Roxane moved to Springfield's North side, she met the love of her life, Mark Allan Basden. Together they raised three sons: Toby, Shane and Sean (mother, Debbie Tobin). In 1988 Roxane lost the love of her life and never truly recovered. She remarried in 1992 to Greg Golden but life never seemed to be the same. She had many friends including Debbie Toigo, Bobby Mitchel, Trudy Grant Iyappa, Gayla Grant Meneghetti, Kathy Francis Reed, Kathy Maisenbacher, Diane Holdrieth, Dolly Blair, Nancy Carter, Joe Swartz, Jerry Bagwell and many others who helped her along the way.

Her one bedroom apartment was decorated in Disney, much enjoyed by her grandchildren when they were able to visit. Roxane leaves behind many grandchildren: Colton Booth, Brett Michael Starkweather, Sahraya Nicole Basden, Tarayna Amerie Basden, Amiliyah MaRae Basden, Leonna Irene Basden and Anthony Tobias Maestas Ace Basden II. She always regretted not getting to know you, Brett; but would want you to know she loved you just the same.

Roxane will be missed and never forgotten. She is now at peace with her true love, Mark. From her loving sons, Toby and Shane Basden, "We miss and love you so much."

Arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Published in The State Journal-Register from July 8 to July 9, 2013