Marion Hutchins Bascom, aged 96, of Charlestown, NH, and more recently, Kensington, NH, passed away on January 5, 2020, surrounded by family. She was born in Lynn, MA, on August 3, 1923, to Ralph and Grace Foss Hutchins and was raised in Peabody, MA.
Marion graduated from Peabody High School in 1940 and the New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in 1944. She was a 2nd
Lt in the Army Nurse Corps, serving at the Cushing General Hospital in
Framingham, MA and the Waltham General Hospital in Waltham, MA from
Marion married Horace Bascom in 1946, and they shared their lives on a dairy farm in Charlestown, NH until his death in 1978, when their son, Dean, took over the farming. Marion lived on the farm with Dean for several years until she moved into a lovely, sunny home built by her son, Rick. Her new home was across the street from her sister and best friend, Florence “Tish” Hutchins. For the past five years, she’s lived in Kensington, NH, with her daughter, Susan, and son-in-law, Larry.
Marion was a devoted and loving mother to their seven children. Raised in the city, she quickly learned how to be a country farmer’s wife, and became an expert gardener, canner, cook, seamstress, and crafter, working tirelessly to provide her children a wonderful upbringing. She loved singing, and her sweet soprano voice and lovely smile were wonderful additions to both Silver Country and The Silvertones, singing groups that originated at the Charlestown Senior Center. Marion was involved in numerous community activities, including: 4-H; American Legion Auxiliary; Barn Browsers; Charlestown Historical Society; being a costumed historical interpreter at Fort #4 in Charlestown; and volunteering at Milestones Child Center in Claremont and at the Springfield Hospital for more than 25 years on the Medical-Surgical floor.
Marion was a member of the Charlestown Congregational Church for many years, where she enjoyed participating in the Friendly Circle meetings and being involved in many church activities. For several years she also attended the 3rd Congregational Church in Alstead, singing in the choir and serving on the Mission’s Committee. For the past five years she enjoyed attending services at the Kensington Congregational Church.
Marion was predeceased by her parents, her husband, a sister Mary, a
brother Robert, an infant granddaughter, Gioya Bascom, and a teenaged
grandson, Myles McCarron.
She is survived by her sister, Florence Hutchins, of Charlestown, NH. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and her seven children: Donald Bascom and his wife Henrietta of Prattville, AL; Dean Bascom and his wife Donna of Charlestown, NH; Susan Bascom and her husband Lawrence Dorr of Kensington, NH; Richard Bascom and his wife Jeanne Kennedy of Sunapee, NH, and Key West, FL; James Bascom and his wife Angella of St. Augustine, FL; Kathleen McCarron and her husband Peter of Lunenburg, MA; and Mary Jane Solomon and her husband Robert of Kensington, NH.
Marion’s family will be forever grateful to the staff of Cornerstone at Hampton’s memory care unit, and the Rockingham VNA and Hospice, for their loving care of her during her final days.
Stringer Funeral Homes, Inc. in Claremont, NH is in charge of arrangements. A Memorial Service at the Congregational Church was held on Jan. 11. A private family burial in the family cemetery plot in Charlestown, NH, will be held at the convenience of her family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be
made to Rockingham County VNA & Hospice, 137 Epping Road, Exeter, NH
03833, or to your charity of choice.
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