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Christine Hinrich Basnett

 

August 13, 2018

Christine Hinrich Basnett

Christine Hinrich Basnett, 90 years young, passed away peacefully, early Tuesday morning, July 31, 2018.

She was born in London, England. Experiencing some of the worst bombings by the German blitz in World War II, she was one of the two million children evacuated into the English countryside by the British government.

Later returning to London to work and help her family, she would schedule her paper route to avoid the afternoon buzz bombs sent by Germany over the British capital. Her upbringing in England, as well as the experiences she endured during that time in history helped to make her the strong, independent, and self-sufficient woman she was.

Marrying an American soldier and coming to the United States in 1952, she utilized her "Dunkirk Spirit" to become very successful in real estate in California, Florida, and finally North Carolina.

Before her divorce from her first husband, she was blessed with four children from that marriage.

She was preceded in death by her last husband, Robert Basnett, who passed away in 2007.

She leaves behind all four of her adult children, Michael Klepp, of Hendersonville, the twins, Brian Klepp, of Rock Hill S.C. and Debbie Pirtle, of Pisgah Forest, and Andy Klepp, of Swannanoa.

She was also very close to her daughter-in-law, Teresa Klepp, and son-in-law, Scott Pirtle, whom she loved like her own.

She also leaves behind her younger sister, Shelagh Tillot, a close companion who has lived with her for years, assisting her very much in her later years.

She also leaves behind the eight grandchildren she genuinely adored, Dayna Gardella, Megan DeSelms, Justin Klepp, Malcolm Klepp, Mathew Klepp, Cindy Rogers, Michael Klepp, and Jonah Klepp. Equally loved and adored were her 11 great-grandchildren.

She lived a very active and full life. She loved her gardens and enjoyed the pleasure of regularly working in them at her home. Traveling was her passion as well. She was fortunate enough to have seen much of the world, traveling to her home country of Great Britain consistently, and enjoying a trip to the Mediterranean, even as recently as May 2018.

She became a committed Christian in 1981, and has had a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ since then. She was a dedicated member of the Mills River Presbyterian Church, a church she loved and served, and considered her pastor, Randall Boggs, and his mother, the late Jean Boggs, some of her closest friends, as well as Jeannie Hardin.

A very generous person, she gladly sponsored three South American children through the Guatemala Scholarship Fund at her church.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that any memoriam be designated to Mills River Presbyterian for the Guatemala Fund.

A memorial service is being held at Mills River Presbyterian church Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 at 1 p.m.

She will certainly be missed by all those who have loved her over the years, and by all those whose lives she has touched.

Jackson Funeral Service and Crematory, of Hendersonville, is assisting the family.

 
 

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