Ann Bassett

April 1936
February 2023


Ann Elizabeth Bassett, 86, of Loveland, CO died of natural causes on February 20, 2023. A loving mother of five children, Ann was also a grandmother to six grandchildren and had many nieces, nephews, and extended family. Ann was born on April 7, 1936, to Martha and William W. Bassett, Sr. in Peoria, Illinois. She graduated from Maryville College in St. Louis, MO, and met her husband, Dr. Richard P. Clancy during that time. After several moves, they finally settled in Glendale, CA. They raised five children, Trinity, John, Michael, Robert, and Carolyn. Ann was also like a second mom to many neighborhood kids, always welcoming them into her home and backyard pool at any time. In 1976, Ann went back to college and earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Fashion Design at Woodbury University in Los Angeles. A few years later, Ann chose a new educational and life path devoted to mental health. She went on to earn a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and established a private practice where she worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist for 25 years. She had a gift for listening and cared greatly for the people she served in her practice. She had quite a sense of humor and was very creative. You could find Ann’s painted rocks with holiday scenes and lighthouses around her house in Ventura, CA, or as a small gift to the people she loved. She liked to draw pictures and write poems, and she sewed clothing for the whole family. Ann loved music, and you could sometimes find her in a piano bar overlooking the ocean when she lived in Ventura, CA, from 1993-2009. She was also a big fan of barbershop quartet music. In 2009, Ann moved to Loveland, CO, to be near Trinity, Mike, Carolyn, and their families. She enjoyed being near her kids and grandkids in beautiful Colorado, but always missed being near the ocean. After living with Carolyn and her family for a few years, she moved to a senior community, where she made many new friends. Ann loved being a mother, she loved her work, and she loved giving back to her community. Through the years, she always sponsored an underprivileged child through UNICEF. Along with her parents, Ann was preceded in death by her brother, William W. Bassett, Jr. of Alamo, CA, her sister, Martha Vail, of Dallas, TX; and her sons, Michael P. Clancy of Fort Collins, CO, and Robert Clancy of Pasadena, CA. She is survived by two daughters, Trinity Clancy of Wheat Ridge, CO, Carolyn Clancy, and her husband Bob Scherner of Loveland, CO; a son, John Clancy, of Sunnyvale, CA; two daughters-in-law, Jane Clancy, and Janet Clancy; six grandchildren, Tom, Katie, Ellie, Megan, Siobhan, and Charlie; and a host of nieces, nephews, and family and friends. Ann’s family will memorialize her at a private celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her honor to UNICEF.

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