Edith Bartle Basso

Profile Updated: October 22, 2019
Address: Spokane Valley, WA USA
Spouse/Partner: Buzz Basso
Occupation: social worker/family consultant
Children (and grandkids?): I have 2 daughters and my husband has a son and a daughter.
E-mail address:


Current interests, hobbies, passions:

Grandkids - My husband and I have 9
vacationing at the cabin at Loon Lake, WA

If you have grandkids, what name do they call you?

Grandma Edie or just Grandma

Whatcha been doin' since '69:

I attended Eastern WA University from 1969 - 1971. I took a break from school in the spring of '71 to marry Tom Ekins, a 1968 graduate of Lewis and Clark High School. We had a daughter in 1972 and another in 1973. He started a construction business and I stayed home with the kids until 1977 when I went to work as a bookkeeper in an orthodontist's office, then worked in Dr's offices until the early '80's wnen I became a Teacher's Aid in my daughters classroom at Loon Lake Elementary School. That experience reminded me why I'd majored in Elementary Education back in college, so I completed the Child Development Associate program and taught preschool for the next 8 years.
Then in 1994 my husband and I separated and teaching preschool just didn't pay the bills. So I went to work in the office at Metallic Arts where I met my current husband. He encouraged me to go back to college. So in 1998 I graduated from EWU with a degree in Social Work. I worked for Catholic Charities until that program lost funding. Then I took a job as a temporary roving social worker for the state of Idaho. I worked in Coeur d'Alene, Pocatello, and Boise. When that position ended, I went to work at Early Head Start in Coeur'd Alene as a Family Consultant, where I do home visits for a caseload of 10. I absolutely love the work.
After living together for 9 years, my husband, Buzz and I were married in 2005. Between us we have 9 grandkids and we feel blessed that they all live local, so we're able to spend a lot of time with them. We have two 16 year old grandkids, and the youngest is 2. Never a dull moment!

February 2011 Update
Buzz and I spent a week in Hawaii Jan 2010. It was the first vacation that I have taken that I had to fly to get there! Two other "firsts" on that trip: swimming in the ocean and going snorkeling.
Back in May of '09 we took a road trip to San Francisco. I loved SanFrancisco! That too was a first for me - It was the first time I'd been to CA! The nice thing about driving was that we saw lots of sights along the way. We went to Crater Lake OR, and through the Napa Valley Wine country in CA, saw Mt Shasta in all it's glory, Went through the Redwoods and along the CA coast. Beautiful!
A week at the Loon Lake Cabin with all the grandkids in July is still the highlight of every summer. We tow the kids on tubes behind the boat, jetski, BBQ and roast marshmellows! Great summer fun with family.
Other than that, with us both still working full time, we have little time for much else. Thank goodness I still love my job. Otherwise I think it would be unbearable at this point in my life - I get so tired so easily!

Funniest Mead memory:

I was so excited to attend the Senior breakfast that I didn't realize my clock was off. I arrived at Janet Shumate's houst to give her a ride at like - I think about 5:00 am!

Fellow classmate you were fondest of (and why):

Hey, weren't we all great?!

Teacher who made the greatest impact on you.

Probably the Librarian, Mrs Nordby who assured me I was smart enough to go to college.

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My niece, my sister, me and my mom Summer 2008 in Spokane
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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 9:14 PM
My daughter Chari, her husband Matt and their kids, Colby and Hailey (June 2007)
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My daughter Teresa and her husband Keith, their adopted kids Hailey and Josh and Teresa's son Levi (now 16) at Teresa's wedding June 16, 2007.
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Me and my husband, Buzz with my daughter at her wedding - June 2007
Posted: Feb 06, 2011 at 4:33 PM
Hilo Hawaii, January 2010