Jean Ellen Bass


Jean Ellen Bass passed away peacefully December 1, 2012. She was 83 years young. Jean owned and operated the Shipwreck Motel (1974-1989) with her husband, Glen. Prior to the motel, the family resided in Eagle, Idaho, where she managed the office for Glen’s construction business, and owned a daycare for several years. As well as raising their children, their children’s friends and several of the neighbor kids within a 10-mile radius, she was also feeding them. There were times she fed more people at our house than them getting food from the food bank. If she loved you, she fed you and Jean loved all children. Her home had an open door policy so no one was ever turned away. After retirement, Jean became very involved with various community activities, her favorite being those that helped children, especially the parties sponsored by the VFW at Halloween, Christmas and Easter. She also volunteered at the local food Bank and St. Christopher’s Closet. Her hobbies included quilting, going to the Casino and traveling. She loved to be busy and on the GO!

Jean is survived by her 6 children, Cindy Carey of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Gwen Hicks of Boise Idaho, Chuck Mark of New York City, New York, Mike (Denise) Mark of Eagle, Idaho, Susie Channell of Westport, Wash., and Debbie (Bryant) Jacobs of Gresham, Ore.; grandchildren, Jim, Samantha, Shauna, Michelle, Andrea, Jennifer, Bobby (BC), Ryan, Spencer, Savannah and Megan; several great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren the newest addition born September of this year.

Her husband, Glen; two sons, Gary and Bob; and granddaughter, Lori, preceded Jean in death.

She will be greatly missed by her many friends, co-volunteers and family. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations being sent in her name to either the Westport Food Bank of the VFW for the children’s parties.

Please join us in celebrating Jean’s life at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 8th, 2012, in the VFW Post in Westport. We encourage you to bring any favorite stories that you might with to share with family and friends. We’re sure there are many we’ve never heard.