Dawn McPhee Baskett of Granbury, 74, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at First Presbyterian Church, Granbury.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (www.michaeljfox.org/donations); or First Presbyterian Church, 303 W. Bridge St., Granbury, Texas 76048.
Dawn was born Sept. 14, 1939, in Youngstown, Ohio, to Eileen Magner McPhee and the late Donald McPhee. She was raised in Canfield, Ohio, where she attended Canfield High School.
After high school, Dawn attended Kent State University and was a member of Delta Zeta. In 1959 Dawn began working for Allegheny Airlines as an airline stewardess. Living in Washington, D.C., at the time, she was honored to be chosen as “Drag of the Week” by the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1960 Dawn began working as a stewardess for United Airlines and was based in Denver.
While living in Denver, she met her husband-to-be, Charles Baskett. After marrying Charles in 1961, Dawn began the next phase of her life as a stay-at-home mom to her three children, Amy, David and Bryan.
In 1979, the family moved to Arlington. After raising her kids, Dawn decided to return to college and earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from UTA. Shortly after graduating, Dawn began working for Congressman Dick Armey as a congressional liaison, a job that she loved.
In 1991, Dawn and Charles moved to Granbury, where Dawn helped Charles in his successful campaign for county commissioner. They loved living in Granbury and made many lifelong friends there.
Dawn loved decorating, cooking, politics, history, bargain hunting, reading and gardening. She adored her eight grandchildren and treated them every summer to “Baskett Camp” where she planned a week of activities for them in Granbury.
Throughout her long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Dawn maintained her sense of humor and will always be remembered for her warm smile and generosity.
Survivors: Her loving husband of 53 years, Charles Baskett; loving mother, Eileen McPhee; beloved children, Amy Strother and husband, Joe, of Southlake, David Baskett and partner, Stephanie Koteras, of Houston and Bryan Baskett and wife, Sarah, of Mansfield; grandchildren, Carina and Kaily Baskett, Brooke and Bridget Strother, Caitlin, Alex, Sabrina and Eli Baskett; sister, Diane McPhee Alcott (Ray); and brother, Michael McPhee (Cindy).