HURON - Barbara J. Basting passed away March 28, 2020, in The Meadows Nursing Home in Huron where she received wonderful, loving care by staff and residents.
Barb was born October 19, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan, to George and Jean Cunningham, who immigrated to Detroit from Scotland. Barbara had one brother Robert, who also preceded her in death. Barb was a 1948 graduate of Detroit’s old MacKenzie High School.
She was a devoted wife to Frederick Peter Basting, also of Detroit, for sixty-three years. Together they had six children: Alan (Cassie), Marcy (Dan) Nally, Jeff (Rose), Chris (Lisa), Glenn (Natalie), Patrick (Jackie). .
Family and traditions were the themes governing her life. She had a gentle manner of love and acceptance for all she met. She did her very best to instill those values in her children. She loved gardening, spending countless hours with her husband planting flowers and trees. She was a wonderful cook, spending holiday gatherings in the kitchen preparing memorable dinners.
Barb worked as a salesperson at Casual Corner clothing store in Maumee, and as a bank clerk in her home towns of White Pigeon, Michigan and Huron. In retirement, she and Fred spent several years in Apache Junction, Arizona – and had many good times with new friends, as well as old friends from home.
Barb was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maumee, OH. and Constantine, MI. for many years and later Zion Lutheran Church in Huron.
She will be remembered fondly by her six children, 13 grandchildren (Peter, Samantha, Eric, Libby, Hannah, Kalee, Zachary, Lydia, Nicholas, Shelby, Charles, Rachael and Allen), and fifteen great-grandchildren. She loved her grandchildren beyond measure and spent genuine time actively involved in their lives. She was exceptionally wonderful at keeping in touch through cards and letters, and her laughter was infectious. As a mother and grandmother, she was a selfless example and showed us how to love others. She has left us a beautiful legacy.
A memorial celebration of her life will be held later this summer.
Memorial contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity.
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Foster Funeral Home & Crematory, Huron is assisting the family.
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