Ellen A. (Blythe) Basse Dietz, 78, of Marion died November 18, 2015 at her home after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the late Albert Basse, Jr. and the late Col. Arthur H. Dietz.
Born in Leighton, AL, the daughter of the late Eugene V. and Shirley (Preuit) Blythe, she lived in Easton and Marion for many years.
After the death of her late husband Albert in 1976, she successfully managed and ran the family business, Albert Basse Associates in Stoughton, MA, later joined by her sons.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, the beach and reading.
Survivors include her 5 children, Deborah Basse Ewing and her husband Michael Meachen of Marion, Lynda Basse D’Amico and her husband Pat of North Attleboro, Albert “Chip” Basse, III and his wife Deborah, Edwin E. Basse and his wife Angela, and Christopher J. Basse and his wife Pamela, all of North Easton; 4 step-children, Nonie Garvey and her husband Mark and Arthur T. Dietz and his partner Rhonda, all of Idaho, Peggy Pietig and her husband John of Laguna Beach, CA and Eric Dietz and his wife Renée of Washington; 4 siblings, Emily Lidikay of Birmingham, Gregg P. Blythe of Decatur, AL, Robert Blythe of Birmingham, AL and Richard Blythe of Hartselle, AL; a brother-in-law, David Merchant of Dallas, TX; 24 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Eugene “Sonny” Blythe and the sister-in-law of the late Nancy Merchant and Barbara Coffee.
Her Funeral Service will be held on Monday at 11 AM at Tabor Academy’s Wickenden Chapel. Burial will follow in Old Landing Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 2-6 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Community Nurse and Hospice Care, P.O. Box 751, Fairhaven, MA 02719. For directions guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.