Marlene Louella Bassett-Alcorn was born on December 4, 1946, to John Clarence and Betty Jean (Hoover) Bassett. Marlene was the first of the Bassett’s seven children. She graduated from Van Meter High School with the class of 1964. Marlene was united in marriage to Larry Wayne Alcorn on December 30, 1965, and to this union 3 children were born. Daniel Wayne, Victoria Michelle, and Matthew David.
Following high school Marlene attended and graduated from American Institute of Business (AIB) in Des Moines with an Administrative Assistant Certificate and later in life returned to AIB and achieved a certificate in Hospitality. Marlene held various jobs over the years, spending several years at Pella Corporation, served as the Director of the Senior Meals program for Marion County, Geetings Warehouse and Jacobson Trucking Corporation.
Marlene was an avid reader, and enjoyed watching classic movies, Big Bang Theory, Supernatural and Jeopardy. She crocheted and knitted beautiful afghans for all of the kids and grandkids. She spent hours researching family history and genealogy and creating a database full of information on the Bassett, Loynachan, Hoover, and Alcorn families. However, Marlene’s greatest passion in life were her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Spending time with them brought her the greatest joy, even arranging her work schedule to be able to care for Vicki’s children while Vicki worked. She never missed any of their events and always went with Vicki and her family on every family vacation. Some of them were even geared to her interests, such as the trip to Graceland, the Black Hills, and Deadwood in South Dakota and to Germany and Virginia to visit Dan and his family.
Marlene was called home to be with the Lord on January 3, 2023, with Vicki, Dan and Tori by her side. She passed peacefully with Elvis’ How Great Thou Art playing in the background. We take comfort knowing she was welcomed to heaven by those who preceded her in death. Her parents, John and Betty Bassett, sister in law Dale Marie Bassett, brother in law Richard Houge, and niece Amanda Johnson along with a host of extended family members and friends. Those left to cherish her memory include son Daniel (Shannon) Alcorn, daughter Victoria (Rick) Dye and son Matthew Alcorn. Grandchildren, Cassandra (Bryan), Jared, Sheldon, McKenna, Seth, Ashley (John), Jonathan (Heather), Nick, Kayla (Brock), Brett, Tori, Hailey, Jaccob, Andrew and Tiffany. Great-grandchildren, Braxl, Louella and Asher. Sisters Delores (Gary) Cowman, Debbie (Neil) Montz and Linda Houge. Brothers Bob (Valerie) Bassett, Jim (Betty) Bassett and John (Bobbi) Bassett. Along with many other extended family members and friends.
Marlene's wishes were to be cremated. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at the Winfield Funeral Home from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. with family present. A memorial service will take place at 11:00 A.M. Following services, burial will be at Breckenridge Cemetery.