McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


July 9, 2014

Gertrude Mae (Robbins) Basey

Gertrude Mae (Robbins) Basey, 86, of McAlester, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at a local nursing center.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. today at Bishop Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Kevin Kasperek officiating. Graveside services were at 3 p.m. at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Oklahoma City. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service of McAlester.

Born Oct. 22, 1927, in Oklahoma City, she was the daughter of Joel Willis and Ellen Pearl Dobkins Robbins. She attended Harrah and Britton Public Schools. Later she married the father of her children, William Miner.

In 1960, she married Ralph Basey and, while working for Arkla Gas, he was killed in a gassing accident 1978.

Then she moved to Sam’s Point until moving to McAlester to be near her daughter.

She was a homemaker and an artist. She also enjoyed gardening, knitting and crocheting.

Survivors include her daughters, Anita Davis, of McAlester, and Marie Ray and husband, Curtis, of Alderson; sister, Marie Stewart, of Oklahoma City; brothers, James Robbins, of Oklahoma City, and Tommy Robbins, of Oklahoma City; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joel and Pearl Robbins; sister, Louise Cowan; brother, Roger Robbins, and her husband, Ralph Basey.

Pallbearers were Willie Nobles, James Davis, Curtis Ray, Mourad Moubsit and Patrick Walling.

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