Donna Jeanne Bass

Donna Jeanne Bass, 78, was called into Everlasting Life on Thursday, August 20, 2020. She was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence Bass, her lifelong love, to whom she was married for 39 years.

She was the daughter of the late Donald L. and Lillian R. (Scott) Welshman and sister of the late David J. Welshman.

She is survived by her loyal and devoted brother Donald L. Welshman and his lovely wife Donna M. Welshman, her cherished step-children, Gregory L. Bass and his wife Denise and Kimberly D. Bass-Sauro and her husband Timothy, nine treasured nieces and nephews and dear great nieces and nephews and so so many longtime loyal friends who made her life complete and fulfilling.

She was a graduate of East Providence High School. She majored in Fashion Merchandising at Johnson & Wales and in addition took additional college courses at R.I.C.C., URI and Providence College.

She was employed by Cherry & Webb Ladies Fashion Store for 31 years as an Assistant Buyer, Associate Buyer and Executive Secretary to the Executive Vice President.

She was the first runner up in the Miss Seekonk Contest in 1963 where she was selected Miss Congeniality by the other 21 contestants.

She had many interests and hobbies including traveling, gardening, reading, poetry (some of which she has written) old movies and memorabilia and music. Her biggest and favorite was painting, including oil painting and water colored acrylics.

She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in East Providence where she taught CCD for 34 years before health caused her to discontinue a mission that she so enjoyed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August, 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM in Sacred Heart Church, 100 Taunton Avenue, East Providence. Burial will be in Rehoboth Village Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, August 23, 2020 from 5-8 in the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. In lieu of flowers contributions to the Marvin Fund, c/o ASPCA, 186 Amaral Street, East Providence, RI 02915 would be appreciated. The guidelines set forth by the Rhode Island Department of Health will be observed. Face coverings are required and only fifteen people will be allowed in the building at a time.

 


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Earl Faria from Coventry wrote on August 25, 2020 at 4:28 pm:
Donna will be missed . . . Such a sweet, kind soul. My pen pal . . .
stephanie campos from east providence wrote on August 23, 2020 at 7:19 pm:
mrs bass was a nice person when she would come into my job she knew i had a son with a heart issue. Even when she stopped coming in she would still call the store and when i would answer the phone she knew m voice and ask how old my son s and how he is doing. She will be missed.
Rose Silva from Cumberland wrote on August 23, 2020 at 1:46 pm:
Saddened to hear the news of my dear friend’s passing. She was such a loyal friend - the kindest, sincere person I have met. Such an honor to have known her for over 40 years. Worked with her side by side at Cherry and Webb. She so loved Larry. I will miss her singing happy birthday to me this year. I cherish our memories. Loved my Donna. Will miss her so much. Rose
Rose Silva from Cumberland wrote on August 23, 2020 at 1:46 pm:
Saddened to hear the news of my dear friend’s passing. She was such a loyal friend - the kindest, sincere person I have met. Such an honor to have known her for over 40 years. Worked with her side by side at Cherry and Webb. She so loved Larry. I will miss her singing happy birthday to me this year. I cherish our memories. Loved my Donna. Will miss her so much. Rose
Janice Laliberte from Middletown wrote on August 23, 2020 at 1:17 pm:
Donna was the kindest, most caring and gentle person that I have ever known. We were dear friends for 40 years. I'm sure that she is at heavenly peace.
James Hopkins from East Providence wrote on August 22, 2020 at 5:28 pm:
Donna was an inspiration to all of us at Sacred Heart Parish whose faith and loving personality was a gift to all who knew her.Our family was blessed to have Donna as a dear friend. God received another angel.
James Hopkins from east Providence wrote on August 22, 2020 at 4:55 pm:
Donna was an inspiration to all of us at Sacred Heart Parish whose faith and loving personality was a gift to all who knew her. Our family was blessed to have Donna as a dear friend. God received another angel. James Hopkins and family'
Jennifer Choquette-Gonsalves from Rehoboth wrote on August 22, 2020 at 4:48 pm:
Mr Welshman, I had the pleasure of caring for your sister in her home. I have never met such a sweet and empathetic woman in all my years of nursing. She was a pleasure to care for. I am so sorry for your loss.
James Hopkins from East Providence wrote on August 22, 2020 at 4:41 pm:
All of us at Sacred Heart Parish will miss Donna. Her faith and loving personality was an inspiration to all who knew her. God received another angel.. Our family was blessed to have Donna as a dear friend. James Hopkins and family. god received
Greg Scott from Seekonk wrote on August 22, 2020 at 11:27 am:
My sympathies to Donna's family. She was always so friendly and kind to me whenever we met. My thoughts and prayers to all.
Louie and Kerri Pereira from East Providence wrote on August 21, 2020 at 7:07 pm:
We are so very sorry to hear of Donna's passing. She is one of the kindest sweetest people in our parish. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Her smile lit up a room. We will all miss her dearly. Prayers to all her family. Rest In Peace Donna!
Karen Vernon from Riverside wrote on August 21, 2020 at 6:52 pm:
I had the pleasure of working with Donna at Cherry and Webb in the 1980’s. She truly was one of the nicest people I have ever known, always smiling with such a positive and upbeat attitude. May she Rest In Peace.
Maureen sweeney Nolan from East Providence wrote on August 21, 2020 at 1:20 am:
Dear Family of Sweet Donna Bass, I’m so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of meeting Donna last year. She was such a kind hearted woman and I truly enjoyed talking with her. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️ Maureen Sweeney Nolan
Julie Silva from Riverside wrote on August 20, 2020 at 10:47 pm:
Donna, I will miss you and our beautiful friendship. You are finally with Our Heavenly Father at peace.You were an angel on earth. My sympathies to your loving family.
Cherilynn Welshman from Seekonk wrote on August 20, 2020 at 8:16 pm:
She will be so missed. My ex husband godmother, godmother to my two sons Savid 3rd and Dylan Welshman . She was an angel on earth. Much love
John and Donna Read from West Warwick wrote on August 20, 2020 at 6:28 pm:
So sad to hear of the passing of Donna she was a sweet wonderful person and will be missed 🙏🙏