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Barbara Jean Bassick

Barbara Jean Bassick

Barbara, 87, of Boise passed away on August 15, 2015 of unexpected heart issues.  A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 am Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 811 S. Latah.  Rev. Rob Cook will officiate.

Barbara was born in Ontario, Oregon on July 7, 1928 to James and Jean Murphy.  She was raised on a large cattle ranch near Juntura, Oregon.  Starting at age five, she rode a saddle horse five miles each way to a one room school house from grades one through eight.  She boarded with families while she attended high school in Ontario, Oregon and graduated from high school at age 16.

After high school, Barbara moved to Kennewick, Washington to begin a career as a secretary at INEL.  Later she moved to Boise and worked at Graybar Electric and IFECO and joined the Cabrini Club.  She married Nick Bassick on April 6, 1955.  They had two sons and a daughter.  While raising a family, she was personal secretary to Governors Andrus and Evans, and went on to work at the Idaho State Legislature, Idaho Water Resources and finally retired from the Idaho State Insurance Fund.

In 1961, Nick and Barbara purchased a house within walking distance of Sacred Heart Church and School.  They lived in that house for 46 years and sent their kids to Sacred Heart grade school and Bishop Kelly High School.  They hosted pre-game dinners for Bishop Kelly football players and their home was a favorite place for the grandkids to spend their weekends.  Eight years ago Barbara fulfilled a lifetime dream of building a new house which has been the gathering place for the family events and holidays.  She was an avid BSU football fan and purchased a big screen TV to watch their games and proudly displayed the BSU flag.

Barbara’s church activities included SHARPS, Dayliters, Alter Society, Perpetual Adoration and various prayer groups.  She collected rosaries from numerous international tours with her church including Spain, France, England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Israel, Wales, Croatia, Bosnia, Norway, Sweden, Scotland and Canada.  She also traveled extensively throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii.

Twice, Barbara survived breast cancer ten years apart.  She attributed her strength in this battle to her strong Irish spirit.

Barbara was very kind and gentle and was loved by all.  She was a great care taker of family and friends.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting and various other crafts and won many ribbons at the Idaho State Fair.  She enjoyed giving handmade items to others and making items for the church bazaar.

She is preceded in death by her husband Nicholas, parents James and Jean Murphy, brothers Dan and Jim and sister Pat.  She is survived by her brother Tom (Francis) Murphy of Ontario, OR and her sister Beverly (Jack) Blevins, sons Phil (Carmen) and Paul, daughter Brenda, grandsons Nick, Andy (Leah), granddaughter Jessica, great grandchildren Caelin, Nicole, Ava and Lola all of Boise and many loved nieces and nephews.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Sacred Heart Food Bank.
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