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Marilyn M. Bassett


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Marilyn M. Bassett Obituary
April 8, 1927 - September 21, 2015 Long-time San Marino resident Marilyn Ruth Moss Bassett, passed away peacefully on September 21, with family by her side at her residence at Villa Gardens in Pasadena. She was 88. Marilyn, devoted to her family, community and church, was a southern California resident for 86 years, 50 of them spent in San Marino. Born in Omaha, Nebraska on April 8, 1927 to Ruth McConnell Moss and Dr. Errol Allen Moss, Marilyn was three when the family moved to Los Angeles. She attended elementary, middle and University ("Uni") High School in west Los Angeles and spent her summers with her grandparents and cousins on the family farm in Nebraska. Marilyn attended the University of Southern California and graduated magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science from the School of Business. At USC, she was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority and maintained lifelong friendships from those days. In July of 1948, just months after she graduated and turned 21, Marilyn married fellow USC student William Eldon Bassett. In 1956, the couple took over a sales agency, representing manufacturers of electronics. Today the firm, now known as The Bassett Sales Corporation, is run by four of Marilyn's five children: Scott, Craig, Eileen and Kim. Her oldest son Rick is an orthopedic surgeon. In 1964, the family moved to San Marino. Marilyn became active in the PTA, including holding office. She later became involved with the San Marino Unified School District and eventually was elected to the school board, ultimately serving as President. In the late 1970s, Marilyn separated from her husband and accepted a position running the Los Angeles office for California U.S. Senator S.I. Hayakawa. When the Senator left office in early 1983, Marilyn was recruited by a leading Los Angeles law firm, McCutcheon, Black, Verleger & Shea, which specialized in environmental and oil issues. Deeply spiritual, Marilyn was devoted to the San Marino Community Church and served for many years as Deacon. She was a tireless volunteer, giving countless hours to the Town and Gown and the Trojan Guild at USC, the National Charity League, the Assistance League, and the Patterning Center. She also volunteered at the Center for Autism and served as a docent at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, where she gave guided tours into her early 80's. Marilyn is survived by her five children, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the San Marino Community Church, Friday, November 6 at 11:00 a.m. and will be followed by a Celebration of Life reception. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Watkins VITAL Care Program and the City of Hope.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2015
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