Mary Jo Basile, born July 31, 1929, died on October 16, 2018. Mary Jo was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Basile, and her daughter, Kathleen Ann Basile, both of Tucker, Georgia; parents, William C. McMahon and Dorothy Fogarty McMahon; and by her brother William Thomas McMahon and sister Kathleen Ann Reagan, both of Cleveland, Ohio. She is survived by six of her children: James A. Basile and his wife Ann of Lilburn, Margaret M. Levengood and her husband Mike of Lilburn, Mary B. Wetherington and her husband Joe of Lilburn, Thomas N. Basile and his wife Carla of Snellville, Doreen B. Towhey and her husband Dennis of Suwanee, and William J. Basile and his wife Kelli of Hamilton Mill, sixteen grandchildren: Tommy, Michael, Andrea, Kelly, Missy, Jake, Bonnie, Bob, Megan, Tim, Katie, Rosemary Grace, Ted, Anna, Jimmy, Maddie, nine great grandchildren: Parker, Rex, Eli, Bear, Lou, Sydney, Maisie Jo, Troy, and Leo, and seven nephews and six nieces, and many cousins in Alabama, California, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia, all of whom she loved dearly and all of whom loved Mary Jo in return. Mary Jo was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Atlanta, GA, for more than forty-five years, where the celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Funeral Mass will be celebrated by The Reverend Monsignor Fogarty. Holy Cross is located at 3773 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta, GA 30341. A luncheon will be served in the parish hall immediately following the Mass. Born in Cleveland, Ohio; Mary Jo graduated from East High School in Cleveland in 1947, where she married James A. Basile in 1952. Her husband worked for the New York Central Railroad later known as Penn Central until he joined General Electric Company and they moved their family to Tucker, Georgia in 1973. Following the sudden death of her husband in 1975, Mary Jo worked at JC Penney at Northlake Mall for more than twenty-five years. As matriarch of her extended family, Mary Jo was an inspiration to all of her descendants. She raised seven children and was always willing to play bridge with her friends and card games with her grandchildren. She enjoyed Tuesday Mass and weekly Adoration services at Holy Cross. Mary Jo loved visiting her children and attending her grandchildren’s sporting and school events, and she looked forward to vacationing with her children and grandchildren at the beach and any other destination where she could be with her family. She was a great neighbor and friend to many in her community in Tucker. She spent the last year of her life at Delmar Gardens where she received exceptional attention from her care team and the entire Delmar care staff. During her final months, Compassionate Care of North Georgia hospice enabled Mary Jo and her family to maintain her quality of life until she passed away. The family will receive friends from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Monday, October 22, 2018 at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Flowers are accepted or those desiring can make a donation in memory of Mary Jo to St. Martin De Porres, On-line condolences can be made at

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  1. What an exceptional woman! Her spirit remains in the legacy that is her family. You will know her presence in all the things you do.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers!!!

  2. I am blessed to have known Mrs Basile. She exuded grace & joy to all she knew. What a wonderful legacy she leaves to her family.

  3. The love that your family shares with others reflects the love your mom gave to everyone she met. What a life well lived by a wonderful and gracious lady. She will be missed. Peace be with you all and God bless your family.

  4. So very sorry for your loss! Mary Jo was such a wonderful person! I am so grateful that we got to be friends in the last few years!

  5. I have lost a great friend who came into my life ,a wonderful Mother ,grandmother and great grandmother Iwill miss her. Mrs Mary .I-Love you đź’”

  6. We loved BomBom and considered her as one of our children’s grandparents. We will miss seeing her beautiful face and smile. Love to all at this sad time. Prayers and Hugs to all.

  7. We loved you and will miss you. You were always so sweet and beautiful. Prayers and love to all the Basile family.

  8. Your mother and grandmother was a kind, delightful lady – I worked with her a short time at JC Penney’s northlake – always kept a smile on her beautiful face.

  9. I feel so blessed to have known this warm and generous woman and her family. Healing hugs to you all. Much love.

  10. So sorry for your loss, while I did not know her personally, in hearing you talk about her, I know she was a wonderful woman.

  11. Mary Jo was the kind of woman that who lived her faith in the simple way she lead her life. With sincere sympathy… LOVE>lu

  12. Beautiful obituary, beautiful family, beautiful lady, beautiful life. We will miss her gracious ways but will see her reflection in her loving family. God bless all of you.

  13. Our sympathies to all of Mary Jo’s family from her childhood friends in Cleveland, Oh. We have many memories of her and Jim. What great times we had together.
    Josephine Gigliotti

    Dorothy (Gigliotti) Majoros
    We would love to share some memories with you.

  14. We wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to the Basile family. We send our love to you all.
    Steve and Benita Hatch

  15. God Bless my cousins and there family’s ❤ Aunt MaryJo was beautiful person and was very munched loved ❤

  16. Mary Jo’s sweet smile will be missed and remembered. Her warm, soft, lady like ways made us feel welcomed. She was a beautiful flower and very dear to us. May she rest in peace.

    Ada, Nelson and Christina Vega

  17. I remember Mary Jo well. She was such a lovely lady and a good friend of my Mom (Ruth Krieger). Mom always talk about the Fun Monday bridge group at Holy Cross.

  18. We were so sadden to hear of Mary Jo’s passing today. Mary Jo and her children were so kind to us six years ago when we stopped by to meet some of our extended family. We never forgot her warmth and love, and enjoyed sending Christmas cards to her each year. I wish we would have seen her more often. Love and prayers from us in Charlotte.
    Tom, Margaret, John Daniel, Helen, Virginia Fogarty

  19. Mary, it’s been a very long time since I have seen your Mom, but my memories of her is of a kind and gracious lady always. May she rest in peace.

  20. Mary jo was always a delight. She was so proud of her beautiful family. So sorry for your loss. So sad that this slipped by us. Prayers for the family.
    The Brettschneider’s.

  21. I am heartsick. I only just learned tonight (11/16) of the passing of my dear, dear friend when I tried to call her and the call could not go through. I then called my daughter who had gotten through on that number a few weeks ago to let Mary Jo know that my son, Michael, had suddenly died. I loved Mary Jo so very much. I am in tears. The most beautiful, beautiful lady I have ever known, going way back to our friendship on Edgewood Ave. My heart goes out to all of you. My love and prayers go out tool of you, the dear Basile Family~~Much love, Anne Sheehan (518-439-1877)

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