Leila Goldfinch Bass died at her home in Forsyth, September 9, 2021, after a long period of declining health. She was born in 1943 in Salto Uruguay, where her parents, Sydney Langston and Frances McCaw Goldfinch, were Southern Baptist Missionaries. She grew up in Asuncion, Paraguay, where she attended Colegio Internacional.

She completed her undergraduate degree at Carson Newman College, where she was recognized as the best German major in her graduating class. (Of course, she was the only German major in her class.) Upon graduation, she joined the Peace Corps, working with English teachers in Tolima, Colombia. There she met her future husband, Ralph Bass. Returning to the United States, she taught French in Granville County, NC.

After her marriage to Ralph in Cuthbert in 1969, she moved to Forsyth, where she and Ralph reared their daughter Paquita. For more than thirty years she taught students Spanish at Mary Persons High School. Years later those Spanish students warmly recall her caring teaching style and the annual field trips to her home for black beans, rice and picadillo. Four students selected her Star Teacher.

For many years she was a full-season subscriber to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and weekends often found her attending performances at Spivey Hall in Morrow,

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Bass, their daughter Paquita Bass and her husband, Michael Plunkett and their daughters, Susie Larue and Rose Varley Plunkett all of Dedham, MA. Her surviving siblings are Larue Goldfinch of San Jose, Costa Rico and Lee Goldfinch of Medford, MA.

There will be a brief graveside service on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 3:00 PM at Mt Hebron Baptist Church near Cuthbert, GA. The family will be at home to receive friends and family on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 5:00 until 7:00 PM.

Memorial donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 162, Forsyth or to C. S. U. Foundation for Spivey Hall at 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow, GA 30260.


CUTHBERT, GA 229/732-2148

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Memorial Service
September 15, 2021

3:00 PM
Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery

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