Merle Theresa Basco
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A Mass of Christian Burial for Merle Theresa Basco will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 25, 2012 at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Boyce with Father Stephen Soares officiating. Burial will be in Bay Springs Cemetery, Chopin under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Pineville.
The family requests that visitation be observed at Hixson Brothers, Pineville Saturday, November 24, 2012 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. and continued Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until shortly before time of service. A Rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Hixson Brothers, Pineville.
Merle Basco, 81, of Boyce, went home to be with our Lord on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at Hilltop Nursing Center, Pineville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eola and Eugene Conrad; the love of her life Joe Basco; sisters, Ethel Lusk and Mildred Hayes; brother, Clyde Conrad; granddaughters, Jaime LaRay Basco and Elizabeth Nicole Lewis.
Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Joseph Lynn Basco (Wanda), Charles Ray Basco, John Terry Basco (Ann), David James Basco (Lashay) and William Keith Basco (Donna); daughters, Pamela Ann Walker and Theresa Lewis (Farrin); brother, Curtis Conrad; sister, Shirley Ann Carlson; grandchildren, Melissa Brouillette (Michael), Jeremy Basco, Victor Basco, Dustin Basco, Blake Basco, Tony Basco, Courtney Walker, Joseph Lewis and Hannah Lewis; step-grandchildren, Lauren Naeyaert, Andrew Naeyaert, Jeffrey Lewis and Gabriel Lewis; great granddaughter, Malaya Brouillette; lifelong friend, Jeanne Rachal and a host of family and friends whom she loved dearly.
Merle was a loving mother and devoted wife. Her life was simple; family was everything. After losing her husband to cancer 30 years ago, she continued the legacy they had built with unwavering love and devotion. The true definition of matriarch, she was the foundation of her family. She loved unconditionally, without judgment. She greeted everyone with open arms. She knew when to listen, when to give advice. She covered her family with a blanket of love that will never be forgotten.
She was a devout Catholic. Her love for God was above everything. Her faith was strong and it guided her through tough times. May it give her children peace to know that today, their mother and father stand together in heaven looking down on the loving family they have left behind. Proud of the legacy they have created.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Hilltop Nursing Center and to Guardian Hospice, for their love and guidance through this difficult time.
To extend online condolences to the Basco family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.
Published in The Town Talk on Nov. 24, 2012