Patsy Bass, 82, of Poughkeepsie, died on Saturday, July 4, 2020 after
a long illness. She was born on September 12, 1937, to the late Edward
and Evelia McDowell in Port Arthur, TX.
After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School she entered the
Army as a nurse’s aide stationed in Germany, where unbeknownst to her,
met a young soldier named Elvis Presley. Upon returning to the U.S.
she worked in various nursing homes and finally as a cook at the Happy
Hours Daycare Center in Hopewell Junction.
“Grannie/Ma” is survived by her husband, Irwin, who lives at home, a
sister, Judy (John) Auth in Lafayette, LA, and children, Edward
(Colleen) Williams of Poughkeepsie, Robert Williams of Wappingers
Falls, Lori (Jose) Desousa of Ave Maria, FL, David (Belinda) Williams
of Euless, TX and Julie (John) Halliday of Highland. She was the best
grannie ever to her 17 grandchildren: Derek, Dominick, Brandon,
Brianna, Joey, Jamie, Heather, Matt, Tiffany, Sonja, Elmer Jr, Sarah,
Ashley, Cheyanne, Alyssa, Adam, Jason and 10 great-grandchildren. She
was predeceased by her brothers, Murphy and Michael McDowell, sisters
Evelia Graffagnino and Joyce Cogar, daughter, Patsy Mock, and favorite