Helen O'Reilly Bassett
March 27, 1935 – August 28, 2019
On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, Helen O’Reilly Bassett passed away at the age of 84.
A Celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Avondale Baptist Church. The family will greet friends on Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Snow’s Memorial Chapel on Pio Nono Avenue. Interment will held at Avondale Baptist Church Cemetery at a later date. Pastor Steve Smith will officiate.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Hattie O’Reilly; her husband, Robert Lee Bassett Jr.; her son, Robert Lee Bassett III; her brother, Hugh O’Reilly, as well as her nieces and nephews Jimmy Hicks, Jeff O’Reilly, Ann O’Reilly, and Tommy O’Reilly IV.
Born in Macon, Georgia, Helen retired from the Keebler Company where she worked for over 40 years in their engineering department. She was a devout Christian, and a faithful member of Avondale Baptist Church. Most of all, Helen was a loving wife, mother, sister, and aunt. She was loved by all and a tremendous blessing to her family.
Helen is survived by her loving brothers and sisters: Patricia Hicks, Tommy O’Reilly III, Harriett Holiday, Robert Carl O’Reilly, Sandra Smith as well as her nieces and nephews: Ronald Hicks, Tina Anderson, Lynn Aman, Chris O’Reilly, Nichole O’Reilly, Louis Wright, Michelle Molton, Lisa Wade, Jennifer Rodriguez, Ray O’Reilly, Steve O’Reilly, Glenn O’Reilly, and Robert Smith.
Visit www.snowspn.com to express tributes.
Snow's Memorial Chapel, Pio Nono Avenue, has charge of arrangements.
- Visitation - Snow's Memorial Chapel, Pio Nono Saturday, August 31, 2019
- A Celebration of Her Life Sunday, September 1, 2019
Helen O'Reilly Bassett
August 31, 2019
When I think of my sister Helen I remember her love for all things especially her church family. She was always involved where needed. Several years ago I was with my mother-in-law on a church (Gethsemane Methodist in Dublin) senior trip to Augusta Ga and from across the store I heard Helen laugh. What a surprise! I found her and we had a nice meetup. She had driven Avondale’s seniors to this store for a shopping trip.
Days around the swimming pool and hours spent visiting in mamas back yard just catching up. Will miss my big sister!!
J. R. Hicks
August 30, 2019
Hard to believe Aunt Helen is gone. She was such a nice lady and had a big influence when we were younger, devoting so much of her time to the Avondale Youth Program and doing all she could to keep us on the straight and narrow. Aunt Helen was the rock and didn't allow us to get out of control, even when her pool was overflowing with teenagers. I can remember her patching me up many times after some of our neighborhood adventures. She always seemed to be part of whatever was going on and was always positive and smiling, even when we couldn't remember our lines for the annual Vacation Bible School play or sang one of those complicated songs out of tune. She was a great Aunt and I will miss her. But now she is with Robbie and Bobbie and that eases the pain.
August 29, 2019
Mrs. Bassett will always hold special memories for me. From Avondale Baptist Church she was my first Sunday school teacher and also taught me in training union and youth. She was the church hostess for many years, directed and catered my wedding, and showered me with wedding gifts that I still have and will always treasure. She had a big heart and always a pleasant smile and laugh. I am sad to hear of her passing but so happy that she was a true Christian and is now reunited with all the family and friends that have gone on before her. I know they met her at the gate and welcomed her with open arms.
August 28, 2019
Aunt Helen may have departed from this earth but my wonderful childhood memories of visits to the dairy queen for chocolate dipped cones, attending vacation bible school and afternoons at the swimming pool will always be treasured and will live on in my heart.