Carole Thompson Bassett

Carole Thompson Bassett

Dec. 25, 1933 – Aug. 8, 2022

Carole Thompson Bassett, 88, passed away peacefully in her home Aug. 8, 2022. 

She was born Dec. 25, 1933, to Jack and Lucille (Durfee) Thompson in Kane. She was the oldest of five children, Gary, twins Jay and Joyce and Willis.

Carole attended school in Lovell and then Greybull when her family moved to Otto.

She married Paul Patrick in 1950 and had two children, Kay Gray and Gilbert Patrick. They divorced soon after. Carole raised both children with the help of her parents. She moved with them to Idaho and then Utah, where she worked as a secretary for an insurance company in Salt Lake City. They returned to Lovell 64 years ago, and lived next door to each
other. Carole and the kids lived in Grandma Durfee’s old house.

Carole was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served in many callings including five missions later in life.

She married Clark Bassett Sept. 1, 1978, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They lived in his home in Gillette from their wedding until 1984 when they moved back to Lovell to her little house. 

Soon after moving to Lovell, they went on a mission to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 18 months. When they returned home, they lived in a camper in the back yard while they tore down the little house and started building a new solid brick home. Clark was a brick layer by trade, and Carole became the hod carrier.

In 1988, they returned to Honduras for another 18-month mission. Upon their return, they continued to lay brick to earn money for another mission. They worked together helping to
build schools in Wyoming for Jay Wardell.

Their third mission in Montevideo, Uruguay, was from 1993-1994. Again, upon their return, they laid bricks to earn money. They added the garage with a quilting room to their home between jobs. They were also temple workers in the Billings, Montana, Temple.

In 2009 they went on a fourth mission to San Jose, Costa Rica. They taught many youths to dance western folk dances there and were loved for it. While in Costa Rica, they worked in the San Jose Temple.

Their final mission in 2013-2014 was back in Honduras. They started their mission at the dedication of the Tegucigalpa Temple and spent the entire time working in the temple.

Carole was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Gary and Willis and sister Joyce.

She is survived by her loving husband, Clark, daughter Kay, son Gilbert, stepsons Ron Cones and Bart Cones, stepdaughter RaAnn Raensma, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints west chapel on Monday, Aug. 15, with visitation prior to the service. Carole was laid to rest in the Lovell Cemetery following the service.

Haskell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left for the family at