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Dorothy Richards Morphew, 91, of Kingston, Englewood, FL, and Cape Neddick, ME, ascended from an angel on earth to an angel in heaven as she passed away peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by caregivers and family, at the home of her son, Dana Bassett in Woodstock, GA, just before sunrise on April 13, 2010.

Dorothy was born in Cambridge, MA, on August 4, 1918, to George R. Richards who was killed in battle during World War I and her loving Mother and best friend, Evangeline Booth Richards, both originally of Newfoundland, Canada. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 20 years and lifelong friend Joseph W. Morphew, who served valiantly in the USN during WWII , and passed in 2002, and former husband of 26 years, Joseph A. Bassett, former town selectman of Kingston, and who served valiantly in the US Army Infantry during WW II, and passed in 1999.

Dorothy was a graduate of the Boston Institute of Art and served with great honor in World War II as a US Navy WAVE from 1944 to 1946. She then worked as a graphic artist and throughout her life taught various art classes. She also owned and ran several retail art businesses. In 1963, Dorothy became a licensed Real Estate Broker and owned and operated Bassett Real Estate Company in Kingston, for 15 years.

She was listed in the Marquis Who’s Who of American Women, the Rockingham County board of Realtors, lifetime member of the US Navy WAVES National, Maine Unit 41, the American Legion Auxiliary, Englewood Art Center, US Golfers Association, the Englewood United Methodist Church, and the First Parish Congregational Church of York, ME. She was an accomplished tennis player while in the Navy, and was still playing golf and bowling at age 91. She was an avid reader, reading a dozen books a week, always with a cup of hot British tea by her side and a prolific and talented letter writer and artist; from creating crafts and pottery to magnificent paintings.

Dorothy lived a life of faith and giving, always selfless and caring for others even in her final days. Her concern was never for herself, but always for others. She leaves her family and friends with fond memories and an example of how to live with great dignity and high morals and faith, helping others and giving, always with love and grace.

Surviving brothers are William Richards of Beverly, MA, and Gordon Richards of Ryegate, MO. She was predeceased by brothers, Harold and John Richards. She will forever be an angel and inspiration to her surviving sons Jon Bassett of Wells, ME, Marc Bassett of Carbondale, CO, and Dana Bassett of Woodstock, GA, and grandchildren Joseph Bassett of NH, Sara Bassett of NH, Jeremiah Bassett of CT, Natalie Bassett of CO, Tyler Bassett of GA, Chase Bassett of GA, cousin Jeanne and Aunt Kay Richards, 97, of St. John’s, Newfoundland, and many other relatives and nieces and nephews..

A Memorial Service will be held at the First Parish Congregational Church, 180 York St, York, ME, on Mother’s Day, Sun., May 9, at 4:00 p.m., with military honors. Family and friends will gather after the service at a home on 83 Ocean Avenue Extension, near “Short Sands Beach”, York Beach, ME.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Foundation, the Salvation Army, or the St. Labre Native American Indian School. The family extends special thanks to Dr. Juliette E. Coleman of Venice, FL, Dr. Joel W. Keenan of York, ME, and nurse and caregiver Salome Sadera of Nairobi, Kenya, for helping them have another precious year with Dorothy.
Published on  May 5, 2010
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