Carol “Joanne” Bassett 81, of Bellmont, Illinois, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. She was born on May 25, 1938, in Lawrence County, Illinois, daughter of Elvin and Martha (Baum) Woods. She married Gary Bassett on May 26, 1956, and together they have enjoyed sixty-three years of marriage.

Joanne enjoyed being a cook for the Bellmont School for thirteen plus years. She Liked attending sporting events, especially when her grandchildren were involved. In her spare time, she enjoyed working puzzles. Traveling with her husband was especially enjoyable to Joanne. She was a member of the 1956 graduating class of MCHS and a past member of the First General Baptist Church. Joanne was a very caring person. Her family meant the world to her and all of her grandchildren held a special place in her heart. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Joanne will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Gary; son, David (Cheryl) Bassett; daughters, Loretta (Robert) Conn, Terri (Bill) Smith; grandchildren, Amy (Frank Schrader) Baumgartner, Ronda (Kyle) Rigg, Derek Smith, Erik (Emalie) Bassett, Cassie (Dallas) Cook; great-grandchildren, Jayden Rigg, Skylar Rigg, Violet Hadra, Jaxon Schrader; sister, Marge Kieffer; and several nieces and nephews.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert “Bob” Woods; great-granddaughter, Maggie Rose Hadra.

A private family Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Joanne’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Bassett family, please visit

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