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Barbara Joyce Bass Memorial
Barbara Joyce Bass Memorial

Barbara Joyce Bass

Barbara Joyce Bass

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Barbara Joyce Bass, age 93, passed away Monday, January 25, 2016 at the Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, WA with her family at her side. She was born on December 24, 1922 in Morrill, Nebraska to Virgil and Winnie (Parks) Corder.
As an infant, she and her family moved to North Hollywood, California where she grew up attending school and graduated from North Hollywood High School. Barbara was married to Howard Bass in 1939 in North Hollywood and they later followed the family to Bellingham, WA, residing there until 1974. Barbara and Howard then moved to Cheney, WA where they raised appaloosa horses until later moving to Spokane. For the past 3 years, Barbara has resided in Acme, WA.
Barbara worked as a clerical worker in State Government for Labor & Industries and the Tax Commission while residing in Bellingham and for Eastern Washington University while in the Spokane area. She was a past member of the Washington State Music Association and the National Appaloosa Horse Association.
Music was a big part of Barbara’s life; she taught piano and organ and played at various churches for many years. Barbara enjoyed traveling, camping, and fishing with her husband and family. She was a Christian women and her faith was a big part of her life.
She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Strachila and her husband Robert of Acme, WA and her son, Kenneth V. Bass and his wife Sherry Nelson-Bass of Arcadia, OK; 9 grandchildren, Dawn, Dan, Greg, Kathy, Michele, Yvonne, Jeremy, David, and Coral, 20 great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Howard in 2001; a son Howard Jr.; a grandson Brian Strachila, and a brother Donald Corder.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 2:00PM at the Little Brown Chapel in Wickersham with Mr. Ray Hockett, Elder, and Pastor Bob Waltz officiating. A private family inurnment service will be held at Greenacres Cemetery in Ferndale, WA.


  • Connie ragsdale

    I am very great full I got to spend Christmas day with her. Thank you Robert and Virginia for that gift. Very special to me. My heart is with you and the family for your loss. She will be missed. Sincerely Connie (Jerry’s mother)

  • Christa Williams

    Barbara lived a varied life and on her own terms. She was a professional woman before women were commonly leading a life as both working woman and mother. And she was determined to make a success of her life with both her music and her outside interests. She taught me to play the piano! Thank you Barbara. She went on to live on a ranch and keep horses, a life style of her own choosing. And a good life. She will be missed by those she left behind. My sympathies to you all as you remember her for the good times.