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Bassett Lauderdale Muse Stephens

Obituary of Kate Varelle Bassett, Decatur, Georgia.

Mrs. Kate V. Bassett, widow of J. S. Bassett, of Louisville, Ky., died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. M. Muse, in Decatur, Ga., March 30, 1915, in her seventy-fourth year. Her body was taken to Hickman, Ky., her girlhood home, for burial.

As Miss Kate Varelle Stephens, daughter of Leroy and Martha Stephens, at Union City, Tenn., in April, 1861, in an address in behalf of the ladies of Hickman, Ky., she presented a Confederate flag, which she had helped make, to the Lauderdale Guards (John A. Lauderdale, captain), this company being the first to leave Hickman in the War between the States. Always an ardent Confederate (and at the time of her death and unreconstructed Rebel), she ever worked for the good of the cause, She made lint and clothes for the Confederate soldiers, and she and her husband both gave material aid to many Southern prisoners to Louisville, Ky., in which city she lived after her marriage. She bore on her wrist at the time of her death a scar made by hot lead when she was molding bullets. She was a member of Agnes Lee Chapter, U. D. C., at Decatur, Ga.

Mrs. Bassett had a magnificent voice, and as a young girl she was educated by her music teachers for the operatic stage, but she chose to become a wife and mother. For many years before her death she was crippled from rheumatism, moving with difficulty and pain. She was a member of the Southern Presbyterian Church, a constant reader of the Bible, and a believer in all its promises. She leaves a daughter and two sons. After her death one of her grandsons said: "She was an old and feeble bodyL now she is a young soul. We should rejoice instead of mourn."

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, July, 1915.

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