Pensa “Penny” Abigail Bass


Pensa “Penny” Abigail Bass, a long-time resident of Lake Warren, passed
away November 14, 2019, after a yearlong battle with cancer.

Born May 6, 1948, to Dean and Josephine Ross (nee Parrish), Penny grew
up on a farm west of Monmouth with 5 siblings and began school at
Hornbeck, a one-room schoolhouse. At Yorkwood high school she was a good student, horsewoman, cheerleader and very well-liked by her classmates. After graduating, she spent time studying at the  University ofIllinois and Carl Sandburg College. In 1968 Penny began  working in bookkeeping at the Monmouth Trust & Savings Bank and stayed with the company through its transitions to Marquette Bank and then Wells Fargo until 2010.

Once you were Penny’s friend, you were always her friend. She was kind
to everyone she met, and a very humble woman with a good sense of humor, keen memory and a sharp mind. She enjoyed traveling and visiting family and friends, reading, and crossword puzzles. In her later years, Penny sat with and cared for several aging family and friends in need. During her final year, she was blessed to have many friends and family help care for her in return and also had the chance to reconnect with some
dear friends from the past.

Penny will be lovingly remembered by her sons Stewart Bass of Yankton,
South Dakota, and Derek Bass of New York City; her sister Katy DuMosch
of Oak View, CA; brothers Bill Ross of Henderson, NV, and Albert Ross of
Monmouth; many cousins and nephews; and all her friends over the years.
She was predeceased by her father Dean Ross, mother Josephine (Parrish)
Ross, sister Celia (Ross) Brandon, and brother Jim Ross.

A Celebration of Penny’s life will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019
from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Monmouth V.F.W., 830 N. G. Street. In lieu of
flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Monmouth V.F.W. – J.W.
Clendenin Post #2301. For more information, or to leave a remembrance of Penny, please visit

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