Katharine Bassett

Katharine McCoy "Kitty" Bassett (McCoy)

Wednesday, August 15th, 1928 - Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
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Katharine (Kitty) McCoy Bassett, 91, a resident of Arundel, died peacefully at home, Tuesday evening March 17, 2020 surrounded by her loving family after a long illness.

She was born on August 15, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of William Charles McCoy, Sr. and Katharine Bell McCoy. She grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Kitty attended The Laurel School and Miss Harris’ School before graduating from Wellesley College in 1950.

Kitty worked at Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport, Maine from 1977 through 2017. She was active in town politics and served on the Comprehensive Planning Committee and the Budget Board for the Town of Arundel. She was a member of the South Congregational Church, serving on their scholarship committee, and the Arundel Yacht Club.

Kitty enjoyed being a member of the group who did needlepoint for the kneelers St. David’s Church. She also loved to travel the world, reading and her book club, gardening, and especially enjoyed her all of her cats, including the latest Harry and Max.

She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Charles C. Bassett, III, her son, Daniel (Mac) McCoy Bassett, and her granddaughter, Katharine R. Dickerson.

She is survived by her brother, William C. McCoy of Hunting Valley, Ohio; children: Charles (Chip) Corning Bassett of Arundel, ME, Katharine (Kay) Bassett Dickerson and her husband Jim of Lyon, MS; grandchildren: Elizabeth (Lizzie) C. Bassett of Los Angeles, CA, Dr. James C. Dickerson, Palo Alto, CA and John (Mac) M. Dickerson of Wilton, ME; nieces and nephews: Sarah S. McCoy, Louise M. Franke, William B. McCoy, and Peter A. McCoy. She also leaves her beloved farm manager; Scott A. Hamilton, Sr. and his wife Lori of Arundel, ME.

The family greatly appreciates their mother’s caregivers and friends who gave her so much joy and companionship over the years.

A Celebration of Life services will be held in Summer of 2020. Interment will be in Hope Cemetery, Kennebunk.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Graves Memorial Library P.O. Box 391 Kennebunkport, Maine 04046, or to a charity of your choice.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Kitty’s Book of Memories Page at

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.
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Timothy Dwight

Posted at 12:32pm
I deeply miss Kitty! She expressed kindness, love, compassion, caring and joy at all times. I miss seeing her walk the beach and enjoy times together with our families. I dearly remember her and Mom stitching the Kneelers for St David's. One day I happened in when both of them were frustrated by having to restart the whole kneeler. I asked what happened? Where upon each pointed to the other saying - it was her fault... They distracted one another with laughter, but upon review discovered the error, or sin of fun! Chiding them, I wondered if they just wanted to spend more time together in Joy in friendship and in the end serving us all. They smiled.

With Love Tim Dwight

James Farr

Posted at 09:33am
My sincere condolences to Kitty's family. I had the honor of helping her plan one of her trips. My thoughts are with all of you at this time.
Jim Farr

Mary Boucouvalas

Posted at 07:14pm
I have learned so much from this amazing lady. I will always cherish our times together and try to carry forward all the things she taught me over the last two decades. I will always hold Kitty in my heart.

Kate Slocum

Posted at 02:17pm
Dear Bassett family,
I want to express my condolences for your loss. I also want to express gratitude for Katharine's participation in what would become The Landing School. I am a student there this year. It is a very special place that changes people's lives. I just wanted to make sure you knew about this way--among many ways--that Katherine and the Bassett family have contributed to the lives of others. We are so grateful. Thank you.

Louise Silberling

Posted at 01:38pm
Dear Kay and Chip, so very sorry for your loss. We remember Kitty being a helpful and cheerful person, and a good friend to our family, especially to Kathie Bowe whom she met at Wellesley and again later in life. Every time I see Belties I smile and think fondly of your family. - Louise Silberling

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