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Rader Funeral Home - Kilgore, TX

Florence McElwee Bass
August 9, 1930 - September 15, 2007
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Florence McElwee Bass, our beloved mother, grandmother and aunt, died peacefully at home on Saturday, September 15, 2007.  Florence was born on August 9, 1930 in Homer, Louisiana to Richard and Beulah Hughes McElwee.  At a very young age, she moved to East Texas, settling in Kilgore where she was raised by her mother and devoted stepfather Edwin L. Gage.  Florence graduated from Kilgore High School prior to attending Kilgore Jr. College.  Florence always enjoyed fun memories of being a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes.  Florence’s childhood friend was Loey Bass Hill and the younger sister of her future husband.  On June 17, 1950, Florence married the love of her life, Robert W. Bass.  They spent their early-married days in Norman, Oklahoma, while Bob completed his degree in petroleum engineering.  They lived in Midland and Kilgore while Bob ran the family’s drilling business.  In 1962, the family moved to San Antonio where Bob became Associate Presbyter of John Knox Presbytery and subsequent General Presbyter of Mission Presbytery.  She and Bob raised three wonderful children and became active members of the community and Northwood Presbyterian Church – serving as a Deacon and Ruling Elder.  In 1977, Florence began a long and rewarding real estate career, working with Hartman Realty, Guy Chipman Realty and Bradfield Properties.  Florence cherished her many close friendships throughout the years with her realtor associates.  Everyone knew Florence for her graciousness and loving-kindness and she left our community a better place. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents and sister, Rosemary M. Mullins.  Florence is survived by her daughter and two sons:  Susan and Randy Griffith of Casper, Wyoming; Bob and Tamara Bass of Arlington, Texas; John and Shelley Bass of San Antonio; eight grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, her sister and brothers-in-law: Jacquelyn and George Hatt; Mary Jon and Dick Bass; Martha and Don Jones; her mother-in-law, Sarah Bass Bronstad; many dear nieces and nephews.  The family extends its deepest gratitude to Vitas Hospice and to her loving caregivers – Gloria, Maria, Lorena, Margaret, Mary Alice and Blanca. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at Northwood Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas.



SEPTEMBER 20, 2007

11:00 A.M.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Northwood Presbyterian Church, 518 Pike Place, San Antonio, Texas 78209 or to the charity of your choice. canada drug pharmacy coupon internet drug coupons cialis coupon free

Florence McElwee Bass
August 9, 1930 - September 15, 2007




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