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Catherine D. Bass
April 14, 2023
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On the evening of April 14th, 2023, at 6:30 p.m., Catherine (Davis) Bass, passed away peacefully as she transitioned to her new home in Glory at the Sixteen Acres Health Center. Catherine, so lovingly called “Aunt Cat” and Grand Ma, was 95 year old and resided in Springfield, Massachusetts over seventy years. Catherine’s parents were Mary “Aunt Della” Lockwood and Isaiah Davis. Catherine was born in Blountstown, Florida and attended Florida public schools.
Catherine was pre-deceased by her husband, Louis F. Bass Sr., two sons, Earthy Bass and Louis Bass Jr., two sisters, Ruby Long and Bobbye Jean Alston, and a brother, john Gordon Lockwood.
Catherine is survived by three children, Patricia Stewart Goggins (and husband, Rev. Morris Goggins) of Dayton, Ohio, and Anthony “Tony” Bass, and Reginald “Reggie” Bass, both of Springfield, Massachusetts; four grandchildren, Devon Bass, Kimberly Streeter, Kobie D. Stewart (and wife, Amy), and Reginald Bass Jr., all of Springfield, Massachusetts; and a host of great-grandchildren; two siblings, Vernelle “Connie” Pender of Buffalo, New York, and Tomma “Tommy” (and wife, Elnora) Lockwood of Hartford, Connecticut; and many extended family members, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Catherine was employed several years as a housekeeper in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a stay-at-home Mom for years before becoming employed at the former Moore Drop Forge Company (East Coast Hand Tools Company) in Springfield. After retiring, she went back to work part time providing home care services to the elderly. Catherine, by all she came in contact with, had a sweet spirit with kind words and was always willing to help anyone in need. Catherine was a former member of the local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a charter member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Springfield. She was a faithful member of the Gospel Choir and eagerly participated in all church events until her health began to fail. Catherine found joy in being with and providing for her family. The family was blessed to have Catherine for so many years. There are not enough words to describe the wealth of love Aunt Cat provided to the family. Catherine was a great cook and baker. The fried chicken, fish fries, pound cakes, pies, and peanut butter cookies, will surely be missed, but always remembered in our hearts.
The Bass Family thanks you for all of your expressions of friendship and love shown to us during our time of bereavement. It is comforting to know that others care. The family also thanks all of the staff at Sixteen Acres Healthcare facility who cared for and loved Catherine. She was affectionately called “Grandma” by all the staff.
Parting remarks from Mother Catherine:
“That’s all I know”
“That’s about the size of it”
The calling hour is 10-11 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2023, at Harrell Funeral Home, followed by funeral services at 11, with burial at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, Massachusetts. Masks are required.