Pensa “Penny” Abigail Bass, a long-time resident of Lake Warren, passed away November 14, 2019, after a yearlong battle with cancer.
Born May 6, 1948, to Dean and Josephine Ross (nee Parrish), Penny grew up on a farm west of Monmouth with 5 siblings and began school at Hornbeck, a one-room schoolhouse. At Yorkwood high school she was a good student, horsewoman, cheerleader and very well-liked by her classmates. After graduating, she spent time studying at the University ofIllinois and Carl Sandburg College. In 1968 Penny began working in bookkeeping at the Monmouth Trust & Savings Bank and stayed with the company through its transitions to Marquette Bank and then Wells Fargo until 2010.
Once you were Penny’s friend, you were always her friend. She was kind to everyone she met, and a very humble woman with a good sense of humor, keen memory and a sharp mind. She enjoyed traveling and visiting family and friends, reading, and crossword puzzles. In her later years, Penny sat with and cared for several aging family and friends in need. During her final year, she was blessed to have many friends and family help care for her in return and also had the chance to reconnect with some dear friends from the past.
Penny will be lovingly remembered by her sons Stewart Bass of Yankton, South Dakota, and Derek Bass of New York City; her sister Katy DuMosch of Oak View, CA; brothers Bill Ross of Henderson, NV, and Albert Ross of Monmouth; many cousins and nephews; and all her friends over the years. She was predeceased by her father Dean Ross, mother Josephine (Parrish) Ross, sister Celia (Ross) Brandon, and brother Jim Ross.
A Celebration of Penny’s life will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Monmouth V.F.W., 830 N. G. Street. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Monmouth V.F.W. - J.W. Clendenin Post #2301.
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