Service Details


Saturday, June 15, 2019
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines


Monday, June 17, 2019
10:00 am
Bethany Baptist Church
3516 SE 14th Street
Des Moines


Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines


Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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Margaret Bassford Margaret (Griffith) Bassford, 91, passed away peacefully Monday, June 10, 2019 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines with her children present.

Margaret was born at home September 2, 1927 in Des Moines, Iowa. She lived on Des Moines’ south side most of her life and was a 1945 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, Sudoku, and spending time with friends and family. She had been the Sunday school secretary, church auditor, and organist at Bethany Baptist Church, where she was a life-long member. Margaret retired from Robinson Realty, where she worked as a bookkeeper for three decades.

She is survived by her children, Jack Bassford (Renate), Susan Riggs (Kenny), and Robin Boggs, nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Ken Bassford; parents, Leeta and Hubert Griffith; brothers, Richard Griffith and Gail Griffith; and sister, Marian Shober.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street, Des Moines. Funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2019 at Bethany Baptist Church, 3516 SE 14th Street, Des Moines, and will conclude with burial at Glendale Cemetery.

In remembrance of Margaret, memorials may be made to Bethany Baptist Church, 3516 Southeast 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50320-1337 or Taylor House Hospice, 3401 E Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317.

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