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Mattie Helen Basham, 85
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Mattie Helen Basham, 85, of McMinnville passed from this life on Sunday, June 10, at her home.

Helen was born Friday, Feb. 10, 1933 in McMinnville. She was the daughter of the late Edgar Ward and the late Winnie Jones Ward.

Helen is survived by daughter Betty Joyce Jones, two grandchildren Tabitha Hall and Kimberly Brady, five great-grandchildren Daniel McKinney, Devin Hall, Brittany Brady, Tiffany Wade, and Joshua Brady, five great-great-grandchildren, sister Norma Jean Devenport, brother W.L. Johnson Ward, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband Billy Ray “Bob” Basham, son Kenneth Ray Basham, three sisters Mary Lydia Foster, Virga Edith Womack, and Matilidia Pauline Bond, four brothers Virgle Londen Ward, Margle Olis Ward, William Cliton Ward, and Leon Rundolph Ward.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Gardens of Memory Funeral Home with the Rex Boles officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Smartt. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 8 to 11 a.m. at Gardens of Memory Funeral Home, 415 North Chancery Street.

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Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) June 13, 2018