Mary Kelly (Moroney) Basso ’67, a resident of Menlo Park, passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon April 1st, 2016. Born to Thomas Moroney, and Sarah Kelly Moroney on April 23, 1945, Mary is now reunited with her parents, and her sisters, Carol (Duffy) Scheley, Nell (Nonie) Moroney, and Sally Moroney. Mary’s early years were spent in San Mateo. She attended St. Catherine’s Elementary School, Notre Dame High School, and went to Santa Clara University where she graduated with a degree in Sociology. It was there that she met the love of her life Raymond Basso ’67, MBA ’70. After graduation, they were married in 1967. She was a wonderful homemaker and support to her husband, as she raised their 4 children,; Ray Basso Jr., Sarah Basso Vergara, Brian Basso, and Anne-Marie Basso.
When her youngest daughter was in fourth grade, Mary attended College of Notre Dame and received her multi-subject teaching credential. She went on to teach 3rd grade and Montessori at St. Joseph’s School in Menlo Park, and also did substitute teaching at St. Raymond’s School where all her children had previously attended. Mary is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 48 years, Raymond William Basso Senior, her brothers, Carl , Barry (Faye), Tom (Carole), and Mark Moroney, and her sister Sheila (Ron) Santero.
Mary was a devout Catholic who for many years was a Eucharistic Minister tothe sick. She also enjoyed volunteering for several years teaching English to recent immigrants at the Catholic Worker House. Mary was an incredibly loving and caring person giving of herself to those around her who were in need. In addition, she cared for her mother-in-law and close friend, Lena Basso near the end of her life and numerous other family and friends.
In her later years, Mary was a proud grandmother to her seven grandchildren whom she adored, and spent much time with. She often said that her grandchildren were one of the greatest joys in her life. They are, Kevin Basso (27), Noah Vergara (17), André Basso (13), Luca Vergara(13), Cade Basso (11), Jenna Basso (10) and Sofia Vergara (5). She will also be fondly remembered by her dozens of beloved nieces and nephews and brother and sister in law Lawrence and Susan Basso.
Mary was diagnosed with lung cancer five and a half years ago. Those who witnessed her struggle with cancer were in awe of her grace, strength and fighting spirit. Though she endured many treatments, her tenacious will to live never waned and she remained positive throughout. As she passed away, Mary, surrounded by her family, smiled gracefully and was beautiful beyond belief. She became radiant like an angel as she took her last breath and met God.