top of page
Screenshot 2023-07-07 at 4.53.26 PM.png

In Loving Memory of Karen Bass

Her Light Still Shines 

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”, says Matthew 5:16.  

With tremendous sadness, we inform you of the death of our friend and colleague, Karen Bass, who transitioned on Monday, July 3, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  

We never know how bright our lights are until we choose to shine them to help others see through their darkness.  Karen made a choice to share and shine her light with Jamal’s Helping Hands as a founding member and long-time ambassador.  Standing in her faith, she fully committed and dedicated her boundless talents and skills to our organization and the RARE community.  

Through it all, Karen’s light never dimmed but rather illuminated brighter with more passion, more love, and more courage as she continued the fight against RARE.  We will deeply miss Karen but strongly believe that Her Light Still Shines on us.  


Share a fond memory of Karen’s light with us.  

In His Service, 


Valeria McConnell 

Executive Director  

Comments (3)

May 03

Everyday not a sunrise goes forth without the thought of you. Missing you is an understatement.


Jul 13, 2023

I met Karen as her auditor. From this meeting, grew our friendship. We found that both of us had relocated from MD and both were from MS, yet AL brought us together. Our talks and walks will be sorely missed. Rest well my friend. 💔💔💔



Jul 08, 2023

When we walked our dogs Lokey and Saban she always talked about her beloved Mississippi! Dear Karen you were a wonderful person so happy God let us know each other and that you made it back to Mississippi!

Brenda Elliott, I was her neighbor!🙏🙏🙏


Services for Karen Bass are as follows:

Friday, July 14, 2023


Funeral Svcs 

10:00 a.m.

Union Baptist Church

1509 DuPont Ave

Pascagoula, MS 39567



12:30 p.m.

Biloxi National Cemetary 

400 Veterans Ave, Bldg 1001

Biloxi, MS 39531


Cards may be mailed to:

The Bass Family

8482 Fort Smallwood Rd, #211, Pasadena, MD 21122-2742


Karen didn’t want flowers but has requested donations be made to Jamal’s Helping Hands  


Please continue to keep her family in prayer.

bottom of page