OBITUARY

Eileen Patricia Bassett

September 2, 1934June 7, 2018
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Mrs. Eileen Patricia Bassett, of Raleigh, NC, passed away on June 7, 2018 at the age of 83.

Eileen was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 2, 1934. She attended primary and high school in New York and graduated from Fordham University in 1956. Following college, she was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy Reserves and served on active duty in Newport, RI.

Eileen met Burton Marshall Bassett, a Naval officer, during her active duty service in Newport where Burton and Eileen were married to each other on July 20, 1960 and remained committed to each other for 58 years. Eileen followed by becoming a schoolteacher of history, homemaker and caregiver for 5 children. They lived in Stockton, California, Ringwood, NJ, Atlanta, GA, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Raleigh, NC moving as Burton, a civil engineer, pursued a career in transportation and airport design and construction. Eileen and Burton settled in Raleigh, NC in 1984 where Eileen was substitute teacher and an avid dog handler with a love of animals. She was an active member of the Durham, NC Kennel club as a herding, agility and obedience trainer and owner of many working and champion show dogs, which was her passion for over 40 years. She was an active supporter of the North Carolina zoological society.

Eileen is survived by her husband, Burton Bassett of Raleigh; her son, Jay Bassett of Atlanta; her son, Paul Bassett of Raleigh; her daughter, Andrea Joyner of Benson; her brother, Jack Dowling of Atlanta; and 11 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her sons Christopher and Todd Bassett; her sister, Susan Watrous; and parents, Joseph and Catherine Dowling.

Friends and family are invited to a service being held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh, NC on June 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Following the service, Eileen will be laid to rest in the St. Francis columbarium. In lieu of flowers, the family would request donations be made to the NC Zoological society on her behalf.

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Services

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Sandy Nixon

June 16, 2018

Eileen was one of my mentors, always ready to help with any training problems. I could not leave the ring without Eileen meeting me at the gate, wagging her finger saying "let's talk about your performance". You will be missed, rest well with your dogs, my friend.

Carol T. Collins-Clapp

June 12, 2018

Eileen was an inspiration in so many ways and I only knew her for a few years.
Her trialing with her fabulous girls, Kellie and Katie, her advice, observations on training, her humor and even her fabulous desserts were such an integral part of DKC.
She will be missed.

Carol Collins-Clapp

Betty McAllister

June 9, 2018

I remember Eileen and Crystal so well from the Durham Kennel Club. Prayers for her family and loved ones. May God hold you all closely.

Kim Tyndall

June 8, 2018

You could not go to a dog show or training class where Eileen was and not have a good laugh. It was great fun listening to her stories. She was willing to share her vast knowledge on dog training. She will be dearly missed. Sending prayers to all her friends and family.

Victoria Wilcox

June 8, 2018

I remember Eileen was very devoted to doing activities with her dogs throughout the years. So sorry for your loss!

Wanda Wise

June 8, 2018

My friend you will be deeply missed. I feel honored that I was able to share adventures with Eileen and her amazing dog Kate for so many years. I feel a sense of peace thinking she left us with knowing that Kate will be in good hands for ever. When I visited and told her she was doing nose work and she was happy and swimming everyday she opened your eyes and smiled. That warmed my heart.

Cheryl Ward

June 7, 2018

Eileen, I have such good memories of our travels and dog shows. You’d call and say every hear of the UKC and off we go to Atlanta to find shows or how about some Canadian titles and we’d be on the road to Canada. I’m sure it was big goofy Jed with his soulful brown eyes that came and said it’s time to come home mom. I bet all the crew were waiting there for you with Crystal keeping them all in line. Rest peacefully now. That will do Eileen that will do.

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Biography

Mrs. Eileen Patricia Bassett, of Raleigh, NC, passed away on June 7, 2018 at the age of 83.

Eileen was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 2, 1934. She attended primary and high school in New York and graduated from Fordham University in 1956. Following college, she was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy Reserves and served on active duty in Newport, RI.

Eileen met Burton Marshall Bassett, a Naval officer, during her active duty service in Newport where Burton and Eileen were married to each other on July 20, 1960 and remained committed to each other for 58 years. Eileen followed by becoming a schoolteacher of history, homemaker and caregiver for 5 children. They lived in Stockton, California, Ringwood, NJ, Atlanta, GA, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Raleigh, NC moving as Burton, a civil engineer, pursued a career in transportation and airport design and construction. Eileen and Burton settled in Raleigh, NC in 1984 where Eileen was substitute teacher and an avid dog handler with a love of animals. She was an active member of the Durham, NC Kennel club as a herding, agility and obedience trainer and owner of many working and champion show dogs, which was her passion for over 40 years. She was an active supporter of the North Carolina zoological society.

Eileen is survived by her husband, Burton Bassett of Raleigh; her son, Jay Bassett of Atlanta; her son, Paul Bassett of Raleigh; her daughter, Andrea Joyner of Benson; her brother, Jack Dowling of Atlanta; and 11 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her sons Christopher and Todd Bassett; her sister, Susan Watrous; and parents, Joseph and Catherine Dowling.

Friends and family are invited to a service being held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh, NC on June 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Following the service, Eileen will be laid to rest in the St. Francis columbarium. In lieu of flowers, the family would request donations be made to the NC Zoological society on her behalf.