2017-04-13 / Obituaries

Lucy Olive “Dot” Baasen

Graveside services for Lucy Baasen, 86, of Columbus, Georgia are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Friendship Cemetery in Paige, Texas with Rev. Robert Tiner officiating. Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery.

Lucy Olive “Dot” Berry Baasen of Columbus, GA passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at her home after a long illness and battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family and care givers.

Mrs. Baasen was born on February 7, 1931 in St. George, SC to the late Thomas Olin Berry, Sr. and Imil Smoak Berry. She graduated from St. George High School and then went on to graduate from Winthrop University with a B.S. in Education. She taught school in both Atlanta, GA and Augusta, GA and later was a librarian at Fort Gordon Hospital in Augusta, GA where she met her husband, Wesley Anton Gerhardt Baasen. They were united in marriage June 30, 1963 in St. George, SC.

Lucy, called Dot by friends and family, was very active in several women’s groups. She especially enjoyed preparing the flowers for each weekly service at the church. She had a green thumb and was a Master Gardener. She had an avid hobby of china painting and filled her home with hundreds of beautiful plates, vases, bowls, pitchers. Upon retiring by the golf course in Columbus, GA, she enjoyed a weekly get together with the Happy Achers, a senior social group.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, her brother, Thomas Olin Berry, Jr. and her sister, Imil Lanier Berry.

She is survived by two daughters, Toncy and husband John Little of Columbus, GA and Katie Tarica Baasen of Birmingham, AL; two step daughters Paulette Westerfield of Higden, AR and Rebecca and husband Dave Wilke of Elkader, IA; grandchildren, Jarrod MacGregor and Jack Wesley Little; two sisters, Miriam Berry Jordan of St. George, SC and Virginia Berry and husband, John Tompkins of Chapel Hill, NC, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials for Mrs. Baasen may be sent to organizations supporting veterans and their families, a cause very close to her heart.

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