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Lucy Olive "Dot" Berry Baasen of Columbus, Ga., passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at her home following a long illness and battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family and caregivers.
Mrs. Baasen was born Feb. 7, 1931, in St. George, S.C., 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 bachelor of science degree in education. She taught school in both Atlanta and Augusta, Ga., and later was a librarian at Fort Gordon Hospital in Augusta, where she met her husband, Wesley Anton Gerhardt Baasen, a chaplain in the U.S. Army. She followed him in his 20-year Army career and finally settled in Cullman, where he pastored Christ Lutheran Church.
Lucy, called "Dot" by friends and family, was very active in several women's groups, both in church and the community. She especially enjoyed preparing flowers for each weekly service at the church. She had a green thumb and was a Master Gardener, as she tended many flower beds and shrubs in her yard and at the church. She had an avid hobby of china painting and filled her home with hundreds of beautiful plates, vases, bowls, pitchers and pieces she gladly shared with friends and family. Upon retiring by the golf course in Columbus, Ga., she enjoyed a weekly get together with the Happy Achers, a senior social group, to play games and commune together.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her brother, Thomas Olin Berry Jr.; and her sister, Imil Lanier Berry.
She is survived by two daughters, Toncy Baasen (John) Little of Columbus and Katie Tarica Baasen of Birmingham; two stepdaughters, Paulette Westerfield of Higden, Arkansas, and Rebecca Wilke of Elkader, Iowa; grandchildren, Jarrod MacGregor and Jack Wesley Little; two sisters, Miriam Berry Jordan of St. George and Virginia Berry Tompkins of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. April 12, at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings, Texas. A procession will form to go to Friendship Cemetery in Paige, Texas, for graveside services and interment at 2 p.m.
Memorials for Mrs. Baasen may be sent to organizations supporting veterans and their families, a cause very close to her heart.
Published on April 14, 2017
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