Autumn Funerals and Cremation Autumn Funerals and Cremation

Obituaries & Tributes

Shirley Ann Bass

date of birth March 1 1938

date of death January 17 2021

Shirley Bass was a caring mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She left this world on January 17, 2021 at the age of 82. She was born to Ernest and Clarissa Marcotte on March 1, 1938 in Brockton, MA.

After graduating from high school, Shirley married and helped raise three children: Tom, Robert, and John. Later, after attending college, Shirley bravely and tirelessly chased her dream of becoming an attorney where she selflessly helped thousands of people throughout Oregon. In addition to her three boys, Shirley is survived by her sister, Dianne; daughters-in-law, Jennifer and Jenna; and three grandchildren she adored, Claire, Olivia, and Carter.

As an elder law attorney, she frequently spoke to groups and organizations, taught classes, and enrolled in courses and workshops to help refine her practice. Shirley was generous with her time, money, advice, and, if you were lucky, you received a thoughtful card and coin from one of her travels. In addition, Shirley loved supporting charitable organizations. She was loyal to her membership in the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), and believed in celebrating and supporting women to achieve their highest aspirations. She was passionate about keeping tabs on her grandchildren’s accomplishments and was a VERY proud Nana.

Our family would like to acknowledge the Hospice Program of Oregon and their incredible end-of-life support and advocacy for Shirley. We know she would love contributions to support the important work they do. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating at the following link:

12 tribute candles have been lit

Candle lit by John Bass Home is so Sad Home is so sad. It stays as it was left, Shaped to the comfort of the last to go As if to win them back. Instead, bereft Of anyone to please, it withers so, Having no heart to put aside the theft And turn again to what it started as, A joyous shot at how things ought to be, Long fallen wide. You can see how it was: Look at the pictures and the cutlery. The music in the piano stool. That vase. -Philip Larkin

Candle lit by Carole Shirley will be missed!

Candle lit by Gary &Elizabeth Walker We were blessed by Shirley's constant words of encouragement and affirmation. Her kindness and generosity seemed a quick response to any need she was made aware of, and within her capacity to help. Knowing Shirley is a gift we are grateful for.

Candle lit by Carole Shirley will be missed!

Candle lit by Carole Shirley will be missed!

Candle lit by P.E.O. Chapter DX, Newberg Shirley was a special part of the PEO Sisterhood and will be missed! We are honored to make a donation in Shirley’s name for the Marguerite Scholarship held in the Oregon State chapter PEO charitable trust and will be used to assist women who are seeking to better their lives by furthering their education. We want to continue Shirley’s legacy of investing in the future of women with this gift in her name. She was a remarkable woman.

Candle lit by Staff at Autumn Funerals, Cremation & Burial Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by Dru Sloop Dear aunt Shirley was a very humble, sincere and thoughtful person with a great sense of humor. She always had a great antidotal comment in so many situations. She was always kind to me as a child bringing me tokens from travels and nice gifts on my birthday or Christmas. I remember she gave me a complete works of Shakespeare and a book about Jackie Bovear Kennedy Onassis. Her home and heart was always open to family and she was a gracious hostess always. She was always very encouraging with my education and career goals. Putting her boys first she put off her continued education and career goals until they were in school. Tough as nails with a heart of gold. I will miss our visits —of which there were to few. I send love, hugs and prayers to John, Bob, Tom, Jen, Jennifer, Carter, Claire and Olivia

Candle lit by Nate and Debbie Schuster Family We appreciated Shirley’s thoughtfulness for our children. So very kind. She will be missed.

Candle lit by Dianne (Shirley's sister) From childhood in Taunton, MA, to attending school in Barrington, RI, we shared many friends & good times. Our losses were numerous - our parents, our younger sister Linda, and many more. They live on in my memory. 'Love you!

Candle lit by John Bass I love you, Mom. I am filled with gratitude. Examples of your love and generosity are seen throughout my home, with our family and relatives, and your career. Thank you for everything.

Candle lit by Tom J Bass The first link is Homer waving goodbye to his Mom. The second link is a cover I did of the song "heart of gold" and bears little resemblance to the original. It is all instrumental. I was given the gift of guitar lessons. In addition to that I was given a tape recorder even before that to record my "music" even before I knew how to play any instruments. If the link works for people reading this, please note the picture attached to the song, which is from Mountain Park in 2015, near where she lived at the time. In gratitude