Marion N. Basile
Thomaston — Marion N. Basile, 93, went home to be with the Lord, following a long illness, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Quarry Hill Nursing Home in Camden.
Born in Yorktown, N.Y., Nov. 14, 1919, she was the daughter of Albert V. and Elsa Purdy Free. She was educated in Yonkers, N.Y., graduating from Roosevelt High School.
Following graduation, and with a great love of children and a nurturing spirit, she spent several years as a nanny for a few families in New York. She later worked as a color artist for a local photography studio, and then as a secretary in a dental office. Marion finished her working career as a secretary for Pratt Institute in New York, where she met her future husband.
On April 15, 1950, Marion married Gennaro J. Basile. Together they resided in New York for a brief time before moving to New Jersey where she spent her time as a homemaker, volunteering once a week at a local hospital.
A born again Christian, Mrs. Basile loved her Lord and his church. She was an active member of the Grace Chapel in Tenafly, N.J. where she and her husband participated in church fellowship, making wonderful friends there. For many years she enjoyed serving the Lord by helping with a children’s craft program, Vacation Bible School, and in the church nursery. Never wanting to be in the spotlight, she quietly served and helped out behind the scenes whenever she was able. After the couple moved to Maine in 1986 to be near their family, Mrs. Basile enjoyed the fellowship at Calvary Baptist Church in Warren.
Family was Mrs. Basile’s number one priority. She took great joy in being with her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When her grandchildren were younger they took turns spending weekends with her, a time they all looked forward to. An accomplished crafter, she enjoyed sewing for them, as well as making many beautiful embroidered, knit and crocheted pieces of art.
Even well into her 80s Marion enjoyed a daily walk to keep herself fit and strong. She was a wonderful storyteller and loved to share funny stories and memories about her time growing up on the family farm in New York. Her daughter said she will most remember the effort and care her mother put into each holiday to ensure they were extra special for the family. Her patience, gentle spirit, cute sense of humor and great love for her family will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Predeceased by her husband Gennaro Basile, and her siblings, Albert Free and Jane Kaus; Marion is survived by her daughter Teresa Parisot and her husband Christian of Waldoboro; her grandchildren, Jennifer Cushman and her husband Tim of Greenville, S.C., Melissa Parisot of California, Jesse Parisot of Thomaston, Matthew Parisot of Spruce Head, Sara Burgess and her husband Joel of Thomaston, Abigail Parisot of Greenville, S.C.; her great-grandchildren, Lauren Cushman, Katie Cushman, Ella Burgess and Isaac Burgess; as well as many nieces and nephews from the Free, Kaus and Basile families.
In keeping with Marion’s wishes, a private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. To share a memory or condolence with Marion’s family, please visit her Book of Memories at bchfh.com.
In keeping with her love of children, the family requests memorial donations be sent to a fund set up in her memory to, Camp Scholarship Fund, c/o Calvary Baptist Church, 185 Atlantic Highway, Warren, Maine 04864.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.