Obituary of Dolores Elaine Baskett
Our beloved mother Dolores Elaine (nee Yost) Baskett died April 8, 2022, while surrounded by her five children. Dolores was born in Tacoma, WA, July 23, 1928, to Nicholas P. and Dorthea O. Yost. Dolores grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1946.
She was the top shorthand secretary in all of Pierce County. She worked for the Prudential Insurance Company for a total of 17 years and became the office manager of the Tacoma branch. She worked many years at the Washington State Fair in operations.
Dolores used her servant’s heart as she volunteered her time and talents to many in the community. Dolores was a longtime member of Holy Disciples Catholic Church and contributed many hours helping at the food bank, in the office and participating in bible study.
Dolores was an exceptionally creative and talented woman: An excellent seamstress, porcelain doll maker, Christmas window painter, flower gardener and the best mother you could ask for. She was President of the 4-H Leader’s Council and Chaperone of the Pierce County Daffodil princesses. She was an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Pierce County Fair Board.
She married her sweetheart, Lawrence J. Baskett on Sept 4, 1948, in Tacoma, WA. Together they raised 5 children: Kent Baskett (Karen), Shiela Off (Doug), Teresa Harkins (Ed), Glen Baskett (Dodie Cooper), Ryan Baskett (Christy). She is a grandmother of 11 grandchildren: Kalen Baskett, Kyle Baskett, Doug Off Jr, Travis Off, Grady Off, Ian Harkins, Riley Harkins, Chris Wodja, Todd Wodja, Jake Rich, Chelsey Baskett, and 10 great-grandchildren: Kelsie Baskett, Henry Off, Beckham & Tessa Off, Cory & Zoe Wodja, James & Thomas Wodja. Garrett Baskett & Brixton Hildebrand. Dolores was preceded in death by her father and mother, Nicholas & Dorthea Yost and brothers, Francis (Bud) Yost, Clarence Yost & Nicholas K Yost. She also leaves behind her sister, Annabelle (Richards) Jacobus.
She led by example, and she led by love! She will be greatly missed by all, especially by her precious family. We will miss her wisdom, smiles and of course her hugs.
Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM Thursday, April 21, 2022, at Holy Disciples Catholic Church, 10425 187th St E. Puyallup, WA
Reception following at Meridian Habitat Park, 14422 Meridian Ave E. Puyallup, WA
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Disciples Catholic Church food bank.