In Loving Memory of Julia Mae Bassett


May 21, 1938 - April 18, 2021

Julia Bassett was born Julia Mae Cole in

Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Mary Griffin and Carey Cole, Sr. She attended Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, Washington Junior High (Middle School), and Garfield High School, graduating from Garfield in 1955. She attended the University of Washington in 1955, presented to society by the Washington Rhinestone club.

After attending the University of Washington, she worked as the first Black female hostess in the state of Washington for elite establishments such as 13 Coins, Sirloin Inn, El Gaucho, and the Dunbar Room. She worked for the first credit card company in the country, Select Credit Cards. She worked at Seattle Mental Health for many years and served on the Board of Directors for Odessa Brown. She retired from the City of Seattle’s Solid Waste Division in 2003, after 15 years of service. She loved to travel, entertain, enjoy music, and share new foods with family and friends. Her warm smile will be dearly missed.

Julia is preceded in death by her mother, her father, her daughter Benita Joy Litt (husband James Litt, living), her sister Sylvia Raye Cole, and three brothers, Carey Cole, Jr., Lavell Cole, and Richard Cole.

She is survived by her sister Eleanor Cado, her daughter Lynn Cole-Tolbert, her grandchildren John Michael Duane (wife Katrina), Nia Damus (husband Gerald), her great-grandchildren Jaylin Dean, Kaylin Byjon Bryant, Anthony DuBois, Myles DuBois, Gerald Damus Jr., Kaili Duane, Jaiden Damus, Tyson Damus, and a host of extended family and friends.

The Bassett family would like to give special thanks to those who sent cards, flowers, and condolences. Thank you for your time, your love, and your support.