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Eleanor Louise Bass, 87, of Traverse City, passed away Sept. 23, 2017 at her home with family by her side.
Louise was born on Oct. 29, 1929 in Grosse Pointe Farms to the late Burt A. and Muriel L. (Vizzard) McClellan.
Louise married Jack Bass Jr. in Detroit on Jan. 21, 1956. Louise was an accomplished artist. She worked for the Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea for 20 years where she served as a missionary artist. She served on the General Synod Council and was a devoted member and Elder of Faith Reformed Church.
In her spare time she enjoyed painting, walking and traveling. You can see Louise's work all around Traverse City. She was very talented and blessed many people through her art. Her faith in God was steadfast.
Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her son, Jonathan; her sister, Audrey.
Louise is survived by her children, Joye (Jack) Judy, of Holt, Jackie (Dan) Dillinger, of Traverse City; daughter-in-law Jackie Bass; grandchildren, Steve Bass, Stefanie Bass, Andrea (John) Phillips, Kevin Judy, Erica Judy, Dylan (Camille) Dillinger and Collin (Alexis) Dillinger; great-grandchildren, Robert, Weston, Kadina Phillips and Roman Griffes.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
The funeral will be held on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at Faith Reformed Church.
Louise will be laid to rest at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Detroit City Rescue Mission.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories with the family.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
Published on September 26, 2017
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