Muriel C. (Ashley) O’Brien Bassett, 95, of Berlin, passed away peacefully surrounded by love and friendship on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, N.H.
She was born in Calais, Maine, the daughter of the late Rufus & Blanche (Lakin) Ashley. Raised in Woodland, Maine, she worked for the town as the town clerk after living in Central Maine for many years. She and her husband Lawrence moved to the Berlin area in 1969. She was the co-owner of the C.N. Hodgdon Oil Company in Berlin for many years.
Members of the family include her husband, Earl D. Bassett, of Berlin, sons Ashley O’Brien and wife Linda of Livermore, Maine, Rev. Timothy O’Brien of Windsor Locks, Conn., and Dennis O’Brien and wife Deborah of Newburyport, Mass.; daughters Kate O’Brien Minson and husband Dr. Ron of Denver, Colo., and Sr. Mary Judith O’Brien of Saginaw, Mich., four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband Lawrence O’Brien; a brother James Ashley and one grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at 11a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. At Muriel’s request there will be no calling hours. Friends and relatives are asked to meet directly at the church. Interment will be in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Muriel’s memory may be made to Senior Meals of Coos County, 610 Sullivan Street, Berlin, NH 03570. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bryant Funeral Homes, Berlin and Gorham, N.H. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.