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Virginia "Maggie" Elizabeth (Calaman) Basehore

June 27, 1938 ~ March 22, 2018 (age 79)

Virginia “Maggie” Elizabeth (Calaman) Basehore

A Very Loving & Welcoming Woman -

Virginia “Maggie” Elizabeth (Calaman) Basehore, age 79, of Mechanicsburg, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 22, 2018.  Maggie was born on Sunday, June 27, 1938 in Carlisle to the late James Parker Calaman and Mildred Pauline (Miller) Calaman.  In addition to her parents, Maggie is preceded in death by her five siblings: Jimmy Calaman, Claire Rodgers, Guy Calaman, Georgiana Baer, and Jean Keck.

Maggie’s survivors include her husband of 59 years, Paul J. Basehore; her three children: Vonda R. Brown and her husband, James S., of Mechanicsburg, Vicki T. Lantz and her husband, William H., of Shippensburg, Todd Basehore and his wife, Kathy, of Carlisle; her four grandchildren: Heather Hiester and her husband, Howard, of Carlisle, Ashley Christenson and her husband, Ryan, of York, Ryan Brown and his wife, Andrea, of Mechanicsburg, Bri Lantz of Shippensburg; her three great-grandchildren; her three siblings: Freeman “Butch” Calaman and his wife, Loretta, of Carlisle, Doris Kuhn of Mt. Holly, Della Witmer and her husband, Abe, of Carlisle; and several nieces and nephews.

Maggie graduated from Cumberland Valley High School as part of the class of 1956.  She worked alongside her husband as a dairy farmer for her whole life.  Maggie attended Trinity United Methodist Church in New Kingstown.  She was a member of the New Kingstown Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and Cumberland County Dairy Princess Promotion Committee.  Maggie was a great cook who owned well over 150 cookbooks and was always looking for new recipes to try.  She enjoyed taking care of her numerous plants and had so many around her home that they usually needed close to 10 gallons of water a day.  One of her favorite hobbies was doing crossword puzzles, which she would often complete on the phone with her sister, Doris.  Maggie cherished spending time with her family.  Each week, she would get together with her sister and they would spend the day shopping.  All of her cousins would meet up once a month and so would her family; Maggie looked forward to gathering with everybody to spend that precious time with them.  She found her pride and joy in her grandchildren and great grandchildren; they were her purpose in life.  Maggie is going to be deeply missed by all those that knew her as well as her loving and welcoming nature.

All are welcome to join Maggie’s family at her gathering of family and friends on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. until 6:50 p.m. with a service to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4 West Main Street, New Kingstown, PA 17072; with Reverend Eric L. Funk officiating.  Honored to be the urn bearer is Ashley Christenson and Ryan Brown.  Cremation was private.

Contributions in celebration of Maggie’s life can be made to Bethesda Mission, P.O. Box 3041, Harrisburg, PA 17105,

Maggie’s family has entrusted her care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Maggie’s full obituary, view her memorial video, and sign her official guest book at

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