Sandown, NH — Eleanor L. Bassett, 86, of Sandown, NH, passed away peacefully at her lifelong home in Sandown on November 20, 2013. Born on December 29, 1926, she was the fifth of sixteen children, of Raymond K. and Priscilla (Knights) Bassett.
Eleanor’s volunteer spirit was felt throughout the community. She was a member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Sandown and the Union Church in East Hampstead. She founded the Community Food Pantry, was a member of the Sandown Lion’s Club, the 60+ Club, and Mothers and Others. Eleanor was Sunday School Superintendent, served as PTA President, and Treasurer of the Old Meeting House Association. She was the librarian when the library was housed at the Sandown Town Hall. She served on many committees at both Churches, and was a volunteer for Community Caregivers. Eleanor was honored to be chosen Sandown Citizen of the Year in 1990, and was a NH Volunteer of the Year in 2007. In 2008, she received the Fourth Annual Hometown Hero Award from Granite State Telephone Co. In 2011, the Sandown Town Report was dedicated to Eleanor.
In the past, Eleanor was employed by Drowne’s Orchard, Woodmont Orchard, several retail stores, J.J. Newbury, Montgomery Ward, W.T. Grant, and Ben Franklin. She was also employed by The Crafty Café, and Fox Den Retirement Community as a cook.
She is survived by her seven siblings, Martha Sargent and husband, Richard, of Springfield, VA, Donald Bassett and wife, Margery, of Northwood, NH, Wendell Bassett and wife, Barbara, of Weare, NH, William Bassett and wife, Pam, of Gainsboro, GA, Kenneth Bassett of Sandown, David Bassett and wife, Sandra, of E. Hampstead, NH, Carroll Bassett and wife, Arlene, of Sandown; and sister-in-law, Katherine Bassett of Sandown. She leaves 45 nieces and nephews and many grand and great-grandnieces and nephews. She was predeceased by eight of her siblings, Hazel Marlow, Eva Phillips, Charles, Raymond, Norman, Robert, Richard, and Irving Bassett.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be held on Sunday, November 24, from 2 – 6 p.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Matthews United Methodist Church, 328 Main St., Sandown. The burial will follow in the Center Cemetery in Sandown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sandown Food Pantry, c/o Arlene Bassett, 393 Main St., Sandown, NH 03873 or to the Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, 58 East Broadway, Derry, NH 03038. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit, www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.