NORMAN — Virginia Bassett Fritch was born July 9, 1928, in Skiatook and passed away July 6, 2013. Her parents were George Dewey and Nora Ledbetter Bassett. In 1931, she lived in Alva, moved to Oklahoma City in 1938 and then to Norman in 1939, where she attended Lincoln and Wilson Elementary, Norman High, and the University of Oklahoma.
Virginia married John Edward Fritch of Norman in 1947 and their children are: Holly Fritch-Kirby, M.D. and John E. Fritch, Ph.D. (Jeff). Her careers were first a loving wife and then busy mother followed by 14 years as an executive secretary for an aircraft company, then 13 years as a Controller Accountant for a utility-line clearance company, and 22 years as a real estate broker associate. She truly loved and enjoyed her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother, William “Bill” Bassett and sister-in-law, Maxine Bassett.
She is survived by her daughter, Holly and her husband Jim Kirby of Kansas City; son, Jeff and his wife Rhonda of Las Vegas; grandchildren, Valerie and her husband Joshua Lenzotti of Golden, Colo., Jonna Fritch of Las Vegas, Israel Fritch, also of Las Vegas, and Jennifer and Joe Goldsmith; great-grandchildren, Casey and Cora Goldsmith, Miles Lenzotti, her brother, George and his wife Ruth Bassett; and nieces and nephews, Roxanne Bassett, Charlotte and husband Jeff Sellers, Peggy and her husband David Morosan, Mary Bassett, Grant and his wife Mary Bassett, Rebekah and her husband Eric Nelson, Christopher and his wife Amy Bassett, Gary and his wife Nancy Bassett, LeAnn and her husband Jack Wheat; and good friend, Juhree Bassett.
Mom inspired us to be responsible for ourselves and to treat others as we would wish to be treated. But, most importantly, we knew that mom, and our extended family, loved us. Also, on a very happy note, there are many wonderful memories of family gatherings and vacation trips across the U.S. with mom. She will be missed as a friend as well as a loving mother.
Mom watched America change from the early car Ford Model T to most of us owning our individual cars; along with the ownership of television sets, computers, and wireless cell phones; as well as advances in Internet communication, worldwide travel via jets, the first flight around the world by Wiley Post of Oklahoma, Chuck Yeager flying faster than the speed of sound, the development of aircraft carrier ships, nuclear bombs, Ayn Rands’ “Atlas Shrugged” description of the destructive forces of socialism, the decipherment of the genetic code (DNA), heart transplants, and six trips to the moon by 12 American astronauts (Armstrong, Aldrin, Conrad, Bean, Shepard, Mitchell, Scott, Irwin, Young, Duke, Cernan and Schmitt).
Visitation will be Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Havenbrook Funeral Home at 3401 Havenbrook St. in Norman. The burial will be private.
Norman Transcript, Wednesday, July 10, 2013