Peggy Hansen Bassett was born in Nephi, Utah on April 21, 1934, to Elmo Hansen and Thelma Warner. She was the first of their three children. She was followed a few years later by her brother Peter and sister Kristeen. As a child she attended Central Elementary in Nephi, Utah for grades 1-4 and then Harrington Elementary in America Fork, Utah, grades 5-6 grades. She attended American Fork Junior High and Senior High Schools for 7-12 grade. Peggy was active in school activities, church, and 4-H. She was a very good piano accompanist in high school and even played on the radio. She always liked sewing and reading. As a young woman she entered the Steel Days Pageant. The event did not turn out the way she might have expected but her sense of integrity and virtue has made a lasting impression on many friends and family.
Following high school graduation she attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 1956. She taught Kindergarten in California for two years in the South Whittier District and then in the Salt Lake School District for two years.
She married Ramon Eugene Bassett in the Logan Temple on July 20, 1959. She was a stay-at-home mom for 20 years and loved being a full-time wife and mother. She had five children, Teresa Ann, Gregory Scott, Bryan Kay, Rochelle Lynn and Richard Keith. After her children were all in school she renewed her teaching certificate and began teaching Kindergarten part time in 1979 for 5 years in Bountiful, Utah mostly at Muir Elementary. She then transferred to Woods Cross Elementary and taught 2nd grade for 11 years until she retired in 1998. She was chosen as Teacher of the Year for Davis County School District while at Woods Cross Elementary in 1996.
She loved to travel. She visited 21 states including Hawaii and Alaska. She also visited Canada, and she and Ray took cruises to Mexico, Hawaii and Australia. She loved lighthouses and was able to travel to the Northeast and visit “Peggy’s Cove” in Nova Scotia which was one of her favorite lighthouses.
Peggy held many different church positions. Her most favorite were in the Primary organization. She held every position in the Primary except Secretary and Counselor. She was a ward Primary President and a Stake Primary President during the year we celebrated the Primary’s 100th birthday. When no one else would take a calling she would volunteer to help including scouting where she was a Blazer Scout leader for many years and helped all three sons obtain their Eagle Scout Awards. She and Ray were also very involved in Family History, including serving a Family History Service mission in St George. She also did a great work with indexing and temple work.
She was willing and happy to share her talents and skills. In addition to her church callings she served in the community as a 4-H leader, PTA President and volunteered her time at the “Festival of Trees” which helped to benefit Primary Children’s Hospital. She was an exceptional cook and homemaker and was willing to help others.
She was an amazing mother of 5 kids. She always made birthdays and holidays special. She loved to camping and be in the outdoors. She enjoyed family vacations and made many sacrifices for her family to be able to be together. The family visited Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Disneyland and many other enjoyable places. She supported her children and told them they were smart, talented and helped them achieve their goals. She was patient and ever serving. She put her family first. All five children graduated from college and have been married in the temple. All five children love and adore their mother and are grateful for her love and example. She was also a wonderful aunt who loved and supported her extended family as well as had many adopted neighborhood and school children who loved her.
She recently celebrated her 57th wedding anniversary. One of her favorite things she loved was being a grandmother. She would have grandma camps for the grandchildren and loved to attend any event that her grandchildren participated from sport events to music concerts to dance recitals and plays. She loved them all. She spent hours creating scrapbooks for each of her grandchildren. She tried to attend many of her grandchildren’s special events including baptisms and was able to attend Marcus’, her youngest grandchild’s baptism a week before she passed. Her special gift to each of them was buying them their own set of scriptures. She always remembered birthdays and helped to celebrate many holidays with family.
Her last years were born with patience and endurance. Very few of us truly understand her pain and suffering. We are so grateful that she is free from her suffering and are blessed to know she is in heaven, happy and whole again. Her brother Peter wrote, “at the sunset of life she was greeted with the beautiful sunset of 16 November 2016, at approximately 5:30 p.m., with loving family surrounding her here in mortality and loving family welcoming her through the veil. I can’t imagine a better way to depart and arrive in this process of transitioning. How blessed we are for the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. This experience has made the Plan of Salvation so meaningful and understandable and appreciated for me.” The rest of the family echo’s his words and are so grateful Peggy, Mom and Grandma blessed our lives.
- A visitation will be held Saturday, prior to services, from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the church.
- Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Picturesque LDS Ward Chapel, 820 N. Valley View Drive, St. George, Utah.
- Interment will be in Tonaquint Cemetery.