Antoinette DeLeo Bassett celebrated her 100th Birthday on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
Antoinette was born on the DeLeo Homestead farm in Coalfield, Washington, on November 5, 1917.
She was the middle child of 13 siblings (3 sons and 10 daughters) of John Joseph DeLeo and Louise Marie DeLeo. Antoinette and her siblings worked like a crew of dairy farmers: haying, milking cows and tending a garden plot and a small flock of chickens. Her mother insisted that the children attend school, and thus Antoinette and siblings walked over a mile to Coalfield Grade School. She graduated from 8th grade in 1932 and from Renton High School in 1937.
She met and married Leno Bassett from Renton, Washington in 1939. They lived in Lake Forest Park, Washington for 39 years and then moved to Cottage Lake in Woodinville, Washington. Leno and Antoinette were married for 73 years, and had two children Leno Roger and Leanette Joy, four grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and four great, great grandchildren.
Antoinette assisted Leno in a very successful landscape supply business in Woodinville for over 40 years. She always considered herself just a homemaker, but her interests were many. She collected recipes for years and became an accomplished cook especially in Italian dishes, all made from scratch. Antoinette took classes in cake decorating, flower design, basket weaving of natural fibers, and pottery making. Her many skills were passed on to her children and grandchildren. The natural world of wild flowers, herbs and weeds has always been central to her wellbeing. Crows and hummingbirds have been her particular favorites. She credits natural remedies for her obtaining 100 years.
We love you Mom, Grandma, Great Grandmother and Great, Great Grandmother.