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Carol Joyce Bass

Carol Joyce Bass, age 91, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017, at the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, ND, where she had moved four years ago. 

She was born in New Rockford, ND, on December 17, 1925, to Anna Teresa (Clavin) and Louis James Allmaras.  She was educated in New Rockford and graduated from Central High School.  She was married to James W. Bass on February 8, 1947, at St. John’s Catholic Church in New Rockford.  Except for a brief time in Fargo after their wedding, she had spent her entire life in New Rockford, where they raised four sons, Jerry, David, Steve “Louie,” and Jeff.  Jim Bass died in 1976.

Carol Joyce was above all a loving wife and mother.  She rarely missed an athletic contest, music concert, or other activity involving her sons and often later attended similar events for her grandchildren.  Indeed, sports had an important place throughout her life, particularly high school events, Minnesota Twins baseball, and especially her UND Fighting Sioux hockey team.  She was an accomplished pianist and accompanist, an avid bridge player, and a wonderful cook and hostess.  She often assisted with the operation of their various business ventures, including the Frost Mill Cafe, Lindrud’s Variety Store, the Busy Bee, and the Elsie Shop.  She served for a time as a teacher’s aide in the local school and later, after Jim’s passing, she began working for the USDA’s Farmers Home Administration in Carrington, ND.  She enjoyed many summers at Solingers’ Resort on Lake Lida near Pelican Rapids, MN.

She leaves behind her four sons, Jerry (Gail) of Grand Forks, ND; David (Patty) of Valley City, ND; Steve (Roxann) of Pierre, SD; and Jeff (Andrea) of Wahpeton, ND; eight grandchildren: Jodi, Amanda, Jada, Tara, Roby, Ryan, Lindsay, and James; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Myron Birkeland; all of Jim’s brothers, sisters, and in-laws; and her niece, Betsy Birkeland Rodiles.

Memorials may be directed to the Women’s Auxiliary Cemetery Association, Box 303, New Rockford, ND 58356 or to the charity of choice.



Tuesday (May 2nd)11AM - 7PM, with family present to receive friends 5PM - 7PM, followed by her Prayer Service at 7PM, all in Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford


St. John's Catholic Church, New Rockford, ND


Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 10:30AM


St. John's Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford, ND

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Name: Dean Kurtz

Date: 8-7-17

Message: I hope this is not too late to offer my condolences as well. My parents thought the world of Jim and Carol and always spoke highly of both.  Jim was our mail carrier for years and it was a treat to visit them in the Dime Store in New Rockford.  Sorry for being late but I just saw the obituary for Carol



Name: Bruce Eckre

Date: 5-2-17

Message: Jeff and Andrea, so sorry to read about your mom; mother-in-law passing on. My thoughts and prayers are with you.



Name: Debbi Berg

Date: 5-2-17

Message: My sympathies to all.  I have wonderful memories going to work with my grandmother to the Elsie Shop, as Anna Tedrow was my grandmother.  She loved Carol dearly as did we as Carol always made all of grandma's grandchildren feel so very special!  Grandma and Carol had a lot of fun together, they always had a smile and a giggle those two! May the family be comforted in knowing others loved everything about Carol so much! 

Gods blessings. (Debbi Tedrow Berg)- Wahpeton, ND


Name: Duane Schuler

Date: 5/2/2017

Message: We want to extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of Carol Joyce.

She was a regular patron of mine when I had Arlene's Beauty Salon in New Rockford. We left in 1975 but we never forgot what a wonderful lady Carol was.  We also bowled against her and your dad, and we had such a great time.  Our sympathy in your loss.  Duane & Pam Schuler



Name: Sharon

Date: May 2, 2017

Message: My deepest condolences to family and friends. Losing a loved one is never easy. However, the Bible offers us a wonderful hope in that we will see these precious ones again soon. John 5:28: "... all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out ". Psalm 37:29 “The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it“. May the God of all comfort strengthen you during this difficult time.  With deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers.


Name: Earl Larson

Date: May 2nd, 2017

Message: I was so sorry to just learn of your mom's passing. I fondly remember her and her continual words of encouragement to me when I was struggling with my horn.  She and Don Thornton are solely responsible for making me believe that I was better than I really was.  I had so much fun playing with her accompanying me, that I truly did learn to love playing that horn. Thank you so much, Carol Joyce. Your encouragement indeed helped make all the time devoted to that horn a true joy!

I always envied your boys. She had to have been such a joy to have for a mom! RIP Carol Joyce, you've waited a long time to be reunited with your husband.



Name: Bob & Priscilla Bass

Date: 5/1/17

Message: Jerry, David, Steve and Jeff and Families.  You have our deepest sympathy in the passing of your Mother.  She and Jim were always so kind and giving to all us kids and probably helped us more than we realized.  We didn't get to see her often, but always enjoyed visiting with her when we did.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers.



Date: 05/01/17

Message: Jerry and family,

Sorry to hear of your mom's passing.  She had such a great spark and sense of fun and I enjoyed visiting with her and Pat. God bless you.




Name: Tom & Faye Erbes

Date: 5/1/2017

Message: Jeff and Andrea and family.  Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your mom. Always enjoyed visiting with her at the lake. What a fun lady. She lived her life to the fullest. May your memories help you through the weeks ahead.



Name: Kari Labadie (Fuhrman)

Date: May 1, 2017

Message: The Bass family,

Sympathies to your mom's passing.  Your family was our backyard neighbors in New Rockford.  Your mom was a sweet lady who I remember cheering you on doing your sports.  Jeff, today is May 1st, which seems to keep us connected over the years - remembering your family with fond memories.



Name: Kerry Smith

Date: 05/01/2027

Message: Jeff and family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I have such fond memories of her following our baseball team. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. 



Name: Crystal Asche

Date: May 1, 2017

Message: Deepest sympathies, Jeff, to you and your family.



Name: Kevin Jacobson

Date: 30 April 2017

Message: She was a wonderful lady. I enjoyed her company and discussions during our visits.  God bless.




Name: Lisa Mangin

Date: 4/30/17

Message: Sending sympathy and prayers to your family. I met Carol when she moved to the Veterans Home. She was always so fun to talk to and even when she moved to skilled and I saw her, she would always say HI with a big smile on her face!



Name: Barb Seibel Franke

Date: 4/30/2017

Message: Jerry, David, Steve and Jeff,

I was so sad to see of your mom's passing.  I have so many fond memories of good times when we were neighbors in New Rockford. I always enjoyed visiting with her when we went to Grand Forks to our daughter's who attended Jerry's church. Sending prayers for comfort in the wonderful memories you will always cherish.


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