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Mary “Marie” Basso

d. November 16, 2023

Mary “Marie” Basso, of Sherman, passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2023.

She was born on July 21, 1938, in LaHarpe, IL, the daughter of Arlie and Helen Owsley.

Mourning her passing are her daughters, Marilyn (Wayne) Yager and Dawn (John) Hardy; grandchildren, Amber, Denise, Robert, Katie, and Patrick; Several great and great-great grandchildren; Siblings, Violet, Sharon, James, Bernard, Craig and Max; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald “Bud” Basso, a son, John Hobart Basso; a daughter, Laura Hobart; a sister, Arline Lovell, and a brother, Donald “Hoppy” Owsley.

Marie worked as a physical therapy assistant, retiring from Springfield Clinic after 27 years.

She was a member of United Methodist Church in Athens where she was part of the Women of Missions. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and played an instrumental role in the formation of the Veterans Memorial in Athens.

She volunteered at Cantrall Elementary in the pre-k and kindergarten class where she was known as “Grandma Marie” to all the kids. She also volunteered at the Athens Food Pantry, and Villa East and West Healthcare.

Marie loved to travel, quilt, sew, and do crossword puzzles. She enjoyed her ladies card night and was known for her desserts and flavored jello. Most of all she treasured her time with family, especially her grandchildren.

Services will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home with visitation from 2:00 pm until the service at 4:00 pm. Rev. Cindy Rettig officiating. Cremation rites will follow with a private graveside service at LaHarpe Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials can be made to Cantrall Elementary or the Athens Food Pantry.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at




  1. So very sorry to hear of Marie’s passing. She will be missed here by many friends. Prayers and hugs to all the family.
    Cathy and Terry Lindsey

  2. The Family of Marie Basso,
    My mother, Connie and Marie were neighbors in the apartments of the Villa in Sherman. I sure enjoyed visiting with Marie. Sorry for your loss.

  3. Marie is a very dear friend of mine. I will miss this sweet wonderful caring person. I am so blessed to have called her my friend. I thank the Lord for the blessing of her in my life. Such a beautiful caring person. Love her❤️ My prayers are with the family and her grandchildren. They were her greatest joy!❤️

  4. So very sorry for your loss I expressed this many times to the family, Marie was my other grandma for alot of years I work in maintenance at the Villa where she lived, always checked on her to make she was doing okay and her & I would bake cinnamon rolls for my co workers twice week. She was a wonderful lady done so much for others and the community, she will definitely be missed 😢 💔

  5. So very sorry to hear of Marie’s passing. She was a neighbor at the villas and I enjoyed talking and laughing with her. She was always on the go. She loved my dog, Cooper, and always offered to pet sit him if I ever needed her help. She was always there to lend a helping hand. This time of year I remember she always collected blankets for the needy. We have lost a great friend and neighbor and she will be greatly missed. I know she is with the Lord now and has no more pain. God has an extra special Angel at his right hand now. Love and missed by many Marie. 😇🙏🏻🙏🏻

  6. Loved working with Marie in the Special Sprouts program at Cantrell UMC. I learned so much from her. She had a way of encouraging others that challenged and drew our their strengths. One day, during a ferocious rainstorm, she appeared at my door. She had seen a cyclist loaded down with gear, struggling on the highway. “You need to go help him,” she insisted, “because you”ll know what he needs.” I went. He ended up sleeping in our church that night, warm and dry, grateful for our intercession. Marie was a helper who helped other helpers gain confidence. ❤️

  7. So sorry for your loss. Marie was such a happy, giving and on the go lady. She will be missed. A warm hug to the family.

  8. To Marie’s Family~

    Marie was a delight to work with at Springfield Clinic! We had some good laughs together between patients. May you find comfort in our Lord, Jesus Christ as you wait to join her.

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