Mary Jewell Wells Bass
BASS, Mary Jewell "Dew," 90, beloved wife of Major
General Sampson H. Bass Jr., U.S. Army retired, passed
away on Saturday, February 22, 2020, surrounded by
family at her cottage home on the Rappahannock River in
Locust Hill, Va.
Born on September 6, 1929, in Maryland's historic Fort
Washington, Dew was the daughter of James C. and
Mary L. Wells. She was a graduate of Anacostia High
School in Washington D.C. On August 28, 1947; she married her childhood
sweetheart and began a lifelong career as a supportive military spouse, loving wife
Dew was an experienced traveler, an impressive packer and a proud homemaker. A
dedicated volunteer, she comforted wounded soldiers at Tripler Army Hospital and
managed the Edgewood Arsenal Post Thrift Shop. She taught Sunday School,
worked with scouting programs and was an active member of many Officer's Wives
Clubs. Dew was compassionate toward animals and enjoyed bird watching,
landscaping, genealogy and the challenge of crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She
loved to walk along the water's edge and pick up seashells, sea glass and pottery
Survivors include her husband of 72 years; five children, Susan Torres (Carlos) of
Locust Hill, Va., Linda Pfeiffer (Larry) of Bel Air, Md., Martha Bass of Oxford, Miss.,
Nancy Mitchell (Jim) of Auburndale, Fla. and David Bass (Kathryn) of Gulf Shores,
Ala.; eight grandchildren, Tanner Bass, Kyle Pfeiffer (Jennifer), Grant Pfeiffer
(Angela), Allison Manning (Bryant), Madison Mitchell (Cory Howe), Sarah Burger
(Andrew), Sam Bass (Ashleigh), and Charlotte Bass; six great-grandchildren and
one great-great-grandson; her sister, Edna Jo Donovan (David); brother, James C.
"Chic" Wells; nieces; and her dear friend, Debra Jackowski.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020, at 11 a.m. Faulkner
Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, 15 C. F. Edwards Lane, Saluda, Va.
The family would like to thank Charity Pitts, Gina Alkins and Walter Reed Hospice.