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Zantha Bassett (Gran), 98, Williamsburg, Va., passed away peacefully Nov. 21, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family.
She was an active participant in life, always determined to help and had a sharp mind. She was the third child born to the late Linden Guy and Francis Sparling McVey, Dec. 5, 1917, in Brenham, Kansas.
At an early age, the family moved to the farm in Kismet, Kansas, where the fourth child was born. She loved sports and music. She was an outstanding basketball player on the undefeated 1933-1934 girls’ high school basketball team. Following graduation in 1936, she attended and received her diploma from Salt City Business College, Hutchinson, Kansas. Zantha worked in Kansas and Arkansas.
After the death of her husband, Ernest O. (Bob) Brown, she moved to Norfolk to be near her daughter, being a dedicated mother and grandmother. She moved to Williamsburg in 1975, to be closer to her daughter and worked for the James City County Treasurer’s Office until her retirement. She thoroughly enjoyed playing golf, cards and faithfully followed the Atlanta Braves.
Preceding her in death was her only child, Charlene McVey Blanchard Gerard, who brought her pride, joy and happiness every day she lived. Also preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were three brothers; two sisters-in-law; husbands, Ernest O. (Bob) Brown and Marshall C. Bassett; and stepson, Norman Brown.
Survivors include grandchildren, Richard E. Blanchard (Linda), Dr. T. Randal Blanchard (Lauren), Dr. Scott C. Blanchard (Toni), and Dr. Z. Christine Marcuson (Craig), with whom she resided. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; son-in-law, Gerald “Jug” Gerard; sister-in-law, Lola McVey; stepdaughters, Marsha Shepley and Betty Brown; stepson, Ernie Brown; and many nieces and nephews.
Zantha was a faithful member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church and the Susanna Wesley Circle.
A service of celebration will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home in January with the date to be announced. Inurnment will be in Pratt, Kansas, next summer.
Memorials may be made to Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185; or Hospice Support Care-Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy., Williamsburg, VA 23188.