Zandra Basham

Obituary of Zandra W. Basham

Zandra W. Basham, 70, of Lone Tree, left this life for eternal life in Heaven on June 5, 2013. Zandra spent the majority of her childhood in Montague County, TX, and was raised by her parents J.C. and Odelia (Wad) Walker, as well as her maternal grandparents and aunts. She grew up with her brother, Jimmy, and sister, Sherri, and was surrounded by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was raised by a close-knit, large family and learned that family was to be cherished above all else. Zandra dreamed of being a surgeon but ended up leaving college before completing her studies. She and Phil married and raised twin daughters, Stacy and Michele, in west Texas. In her 30s, Zandra returned to college to become a science teacher, commuting three hours roundtrip and studying at night to finish her degree. She taught 7th grade life science in Big Spring for fifteen years and often ended up being assigned the difficult kids because she had a way of reaching them and helping them succeed. Zandra devoted her life to children a�" hers and others. She retired from teaching in 1995 when Phil was transferred to Denver by Texaco. Zandra loved to visit and talk with family and friends. She was happiest when surrounded at a family reunion laughing and telling her stories, finding out every detail about everyone so she could keep in touch. She loved to call friends and family on the phone and hear all about what was going on and who did and said what. Zandra made friends easily and excelled at maintaining connections. While in Big Spring, Zandra developed deep friendships with several fellow teachers, and while in Denver she formed deep friendships with another circle of women. She met three times a week with her "Mighty Misto" friends to drink coffee, gossip, and solve the world's problems. She was unpretentious and unguarded. Sometimes blunt and to the point, she told it like it was and did not worry too much about the consequences. She was a worrier, however, when it came to the well-being of her friends and family, and she wanted and needed to be helping the people she loved. She was fiercely determined, independent, and protective of her family. Zandra was very involved in the lives of her two daughters and grandsons. She loved to spoil and play with Jack and Zane, and she spent hours baking and decorating birthday cakes and picking out just the right birthday and Christmas gifts for everyone in the family. Like kids, Zandra loved animals and was known to take in stray cats and dogs. Along with caretaking, gardening was her hobby. She learned gardening from her grandparents and mother. She very much enjoyed the process of growing vegetables and cooking them. She always had a supply of frozen black eyed peas and green beans that she, her mother or maybe an aunt had put up. Peaches, too. She also carefully tended her flower garden. Family meals and cooking someone's favorite pie or cobbler were important to her. She was a very devoted wife to Phil, and they relied on each other constantly for 49 years, sharing sacrifices and successes. She often said that they did not come any better than Phil. After her cancer diagnosis, she was determined to survive for Phil and to see her grandsons grow up. Zandra lived her last days as she lived the rest of her life, loved and surrounded by her family. Visitation Friday, June 7, 2013, 5-7 PM with Life Celebration Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10:30 AM, both at Littleton Church of Christ, 6495 S. Colorado Blvd. in Centennial. Final Resting Place will be in Montague, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to ovarian cancer research will be gratefully aceepted by the University of Colorado Foundation at the following address: CU Foundation, Mail Stop AO65, 13001 E. 17th Place, Aurora, CO 80045. Checks must be made payable to the CU Foundation with a note in the memo line indicating who the gift is in memory of and #02-22120. Service Information
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